Note: If your association would like to schedule a retirement workshop at your school, your
local president should call Harold Crowley at 800.392.6175, ext. 8240. Please be aware that
the M TA consultants do not have records of your service, so members are advised to bring
that information along to meetings.
AUBURN — Louise Gaskins: first Saturday of
each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Central Office,
48 Sword St., Auburn; 508.791.2121, or at home,
QUINC Y — Harold Crowley: Tuesdays, Wednesdays
and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., M TA, 2 Heritage
Drive, 9th Floor, Quincy; 617.878.8240 or
800.392.6175, ext. 8240.
CAPE COD — Lawrence Abbruzzi: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Barnstable Teachers
Association (B TA), 100 West Main St., Suite #7,
Hyannis; 508.775.8625, or at home, 508.824.9194.
FI TCHBURG — Robert Zbikowski: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fitchburg Teachers
Association office, 78 Franklin Rd., Fitchburg; Call
978.297.0123 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLYOKE — Ron Lech: third Saturday of each
month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Western Office, 55
Bobala Road, Suite 3, Holyoke; 413.537.2335, or at
LYNNFIELD — Mary Parry: third and fourth
Saturdays of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA
Northeast Office, 50 Salem St., Building B,
Lynnfield; 781.246.9779, or at home, 978.372.2031.
PI T TSFIELD — Ward F. Johnson: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Berkshire
Office, 188 East St., Pittsfield; 413.499.0257, or at
home, 413.443.1722; e-mail: email@example.com.
RAYNHAM — Edward Nelson: third Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Southeast
Office, 756 Orchard Street, third floor, Raynham;
508.822.5371. Call Nelson at home, 774.239.7823.
HIGHER EDUCATION AT-LARGE — Edward
McCourt, 781.325.2553; e-mail: emccourt.mccc@
The M TA provides individual retirement consultations throughout the
state to assist members. Proof of membership must be submitted when
requesting retirement services. This schedule is in effect from September
to June except at MTA’s Quincy headquarters, which is staffed during the
summer and school vacations.
REGIONAL RETIREMENT CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE
All consultations are now by appointment only during the hours listed.
A fter the national anthem is sung, Red Sox home games often feature recognition of a Massachusetts educator for his or her hard
work with students.
Saul Ramos, a paraprofessional in the Worcester
Public Schools and this year’s MTA Education
Support Professional of the Year, said the applause
he received when he was honored during a pregame
ceremony on May 21 was very moving.
“I was in awe when I was brought down to the
field and saw all the spectators out in the seats,”
Ramos said. “Hearing my name, a description of
what I do as an educator, and the applause and cheers
of the crowd made me tear up and feel so grateful to
The MTA Red Sox Most Valuable Educator
program provides opportunities during the baseball
season for educators to be recognized as all stars.
The program is open to educators in all grades.
An MVE nominee can be a teacher, an ESP, a library
media specialist, a counselor, a social worker, a
coach, a school nurse or anyone else who has gone
above and beyond the call of duty to promote student
Potential MVEs can be nominated for teaching
a unique lesson, managing a noteworthy after-
school program, coordinating a special event or
doing virtually anything else that has a positive
impact on students.
Jill Sifantus, a biology teacher at Brookline High
School and the recipient of Brookline’s 2016 Ernest
R. Caverly Award for Excellence in Teaching, was
also honored in front of the fans at a Red Sox game
She called the recognition on July 2 “a wonderful
experience” and a personal honor. “It is also great
public recognition for the whole teaching profession,”
In addition to working with the Boston Red
Sox, the MTA partners with the Boston Celtics on
its Honor Roll Club and the Boston Bruins on its
I.C.E. School Program to help teach students the
importance of doing well in school.
Saul Ramos, a
the Worcester Public
Schools, stood with
mascots on the
field at Fenway Park
during a ceremony
on May 21 in which
he was honored
as an MTA Red
Sox Most Valuable
MTA’s ESP of the
Year for 2016, is the
1st vice president
of the Educational
of Boston Red Sox
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