T he MTA Board of Directors voted on July 31 to concur with the National Education Association’s recommendation of Hillary Clinton for president.
The MTA is the state affiliate of the NEA.
The MTA represents more than 110,000 educators who work in
public schools and public higher education institutions in Massachusetts.
The NEA Representative Assembly voted on July 5 to recommend
Clinton for president.
The MTA Board’s vote to concur with the NEA decision came on
the heels of the Democratic National Convention, at which Clinton
was named the nominee with support from her main rival, U.S. Senator
Educators receive recognition
for contributions to students
T hirteen MTA members received recognition at the Excellence in Teaching Awards at the State
House on June 15.
Susan Miller, a teacher at
Middleborough High School and a
member of the Middleboro Education
Association, was named the 2016
Massachusetts History Teacher of
the Year. She automatically becomes
the nominee from Massachusetts for
national History Teacher of the Year.
Michelle Ryan, a social studies
teacher at Randolph High School and
a member of the Randolph Education
Association, was named a 2015 Milken
Among finalists for Massachusetts
Teacher of the Year were Kathryn
Contini, a sixth-grade teacher at
Blanchard Memorial School in
Boxborough and a member of
the Acton-Boxborough Regional
Education Association, and Mary-Margaret Mara, a prekindergarten
teacher at the Chandler Magnet School
in Worcester and a member of the
Educational Association of Worcester.
Semifinalists included Sandra
DiPalma, a second-grade teacher at
Palmer River Elementary School
in Rehoboth and a member of
the Dighton-Rehoboth Teachers
Association; Kathleen Duran, a
second-grade teacher at Hyannis West
Elementary School in Barnstable and
a member of the Barnstable Teachers
Association; Jamie Hulke, an English
teacher at East Bridgewater Junior-Senior High School and a member
of the East Bridgewater Education
Association; Alicia Lopez, a teacher
of English language learners at
Amherst Regional Middle School and
a member of the Amherst-Pelham
Education Association; Jacqueline
Prester, a business and technology
teacher at Mansfield High School and
a member of the Mansfield Educators
Association; and Rachel Stavely
Hale, a math teacher at Northampton
High School and a member of the
Northampton Association of School
The event also honored
Massachusetts finalists for the 2015
Presidential Awards for Excellence in
Mathematics and Science Teaching.
The awards alternate between teachers
of students in kindergarten through
sixth grade and those teaching seventh
through 12th grade.
Among finalists for the award
were Catherine Dollard, a science
teacher at Northampton High School
and a member of the Northampton
Association of School Employees;
Neil Plotnick, a special education
math teacher at Everett High School
and a member of the Everett Teachers
Association; and Keith Wright,
a science teacher at Springfield
Renaissance School and a member of
the Springfield Education Association.
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