Caroline M. “Bonnie”
Bresnahan, 64, of Pittsfield. Taught
at Pittsfield High School before
becoming a middle school teacher in
the Adams-Cheshire school system
until her retirement in 2009. July 5.
Helen M. Cerrone, 76, of
Worcester. Taught elementary school
in the Worcester Public Schools for
more than 35 years. Was a Title I math
teacher at the Chandler Magnet School
for 20 years before retiring in 2007.
Carol J. Cooney, 82, of
Leominster. Taught elementary and
middle school in the Ayer-Shirley
Public Schools for 40 years. April 23.
Maureen Cox, 72, of Centerville.
Was employed by the Massachusetts
“We need to think big,” Lerner
said. “We need to organize to create
the country that we want, to create the
communities that we want, to create
the schools that we want.”
MTA members at the Summer
Conference were up to the task.
New leaders and new local
presidents took part in tracks aimed at
sharpening skills and exploring ways
to strengthen and promote their locals.
“While working with the new
presidents and their teams, I witnessed
the incredible wealth of talented
leadership within our association,” said
MTA Vice President Erik J. Champy.
“The New President Leadership
Institute prepares leaders with the
knowledge and strategies to strengthen
our local affiliates. Our new leaders
have demonstrated a commitment to
serve and organize our members in the
Union Academy, a new Summer
Conference offering, examined the
intersection of traditional collective
bargaining issues and progressive
advocacy. Many Union Academy
participants canvassed in Amherst
to promote Raise Up Massachusetts’
agenda of raising the minimum wage,
establishing paid family and medical
leave for workers, and adding a 4
percent tax on annual income over $1
million to generate revenue for public
education and transportation. Other
activists traveled to Chicopee to bring
attention to the Chicopee Education
Association’s contract fight.
Mersh Lubel Kanis of the
Sandwich Education Association,
Eileen Terwilliger of the Dennis-
Yarmouth Educators Association and
Deborah Mousley of the Methuen
Education Association joined
Madeloni in the door-to-door canvass
Though Terwilliger and Kanis were
new to canvassing, they rapidly became
comfortable advocates. “The people
we met were happy we were there and
wanted to talk to us,” Kanis said.
Madeloni said that member-to-
member conversations will keep the
union intact even as it comes under
“So long as we stay connected,
MTA members will be strong enough
to make our voices heard and win
the schools and communities that
we want,” she said. “With this work,
we are moving forward and building
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Mersh Lubel Kanis, left, and
Deborah Mousley were among
the members who canvassed in
Teachers Association for many years.
Liette M. Fregeau, 98, of
Brockton. Taught in Walpole and West
Bridgewater, as well as in Vermont.
Doris “Dorie” M. Kelley,
83, of Brewster. Was a teacher in
Chelmsford and an early childhood
educator in Yarmouth for more than
28 years, retiring from the MacArthur
Elementary School in 1997. May 5.
Carol A. Manganaro, 66, of
Harvard. Was an elementary school
teacher for several years at the Henry
Whittemore Elementary School in
Waltham, retiring in 2008. May 18.
Matilda S. Mann, 87, of Great
Barrington. Taught at the Sheffield
Center School for many years, retiring
in 1988. March 30.
Laurie S. Pieterse, 85, of
Longmeadow. Taught for 30 years in
the Springfield school system, retiring
from Central High School. June 1.
Evelyn Rapoza, 90, of Largo,
Florida, formerly of Taunton,
Raynham and Barnstable. Taught
business education for 33 years at
Norton High School, retiring as chair
of the business department. April 14.
Joan M. Sampson, 84, of
Marshfield and Kingston. Was an
elementary school teacher in Scituate
and taught reading in Marshfield.
Janet M. Santerre, 63, of
Plymouth. Was an elementary school
teacher at Governor John Carver
Elementary School in Carver for more
than 35 years. June 23.
Carolyn P. Schindelwig, 77, of
Taunton. Was an elementary school
teacher in Attleboro and Taunton. She
retired after 25 years at the Elizabeth
Pole School in Taunton. Nov. 2.
Salvatore J. “Sal” Uglietta,
of Medford. Was employed by the
Massachusetts Teachers Association
for 23 years. July 24.
Ty Vignone, 79. His 51-year
career as an educator included more
than 30 years at Newton North High
School, where he taught history until
last year, and many years teaching at
Day Junior High School in Newton.
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