Ryan Hoyt — Waltham
U nion bashing. Unfunded mandates. Data overload. Test fatigue.
Sound familiar? So much of our frustration
can be traced back to the tip of
Arne Duncan’s pen. Educators
who have spent their careers
dedicated to the craft of
teaching are being silenced by
corporate education reform,
conservative think tanks and
an education secretary who
panders to billionaires. This is
Diana Marcus — Burlington
I t has been an honor to represent you as NEA Director for the past three years. I respectfully
ask for your vote to return to Washington as your
voice at the NEA for one more term.
During my career, I
have taught at the preschool,
elementary and graduate school
levels and seen the need for
greater support of education
professionals in all sectors of
our educational system. As local
president, I know the battles we
face to protect our bargaining
rights and health insurance, retire
with financial stability and be
evaluated fairly. As the mother of two young adults,
F our MTA members are vying for two seats on the NEA Board of Directors.
The NEA Director candidates are Diana Marcus,
Burlington Educators’ Association; Ryan Hoyt,
Waltham Educators Association; Bonnie Page,
Malden Education Association; and Max Page of the
Massachusetts Society of Professors-Amherst.
The two open Massachusetts seats will be filled
by direct-mail vote in March and April in tandem
with NEA state and regional delegate elections.
The terms last for three years beginning Sept.
1, 2015, and expiring Aug. 31, 2018, in accordance
with the NEA’s fiscal year. Ballots will be sent to the
Each candidate was asked to submit a statement
and a photograph. The candidates’ submissions
appear on this page and Page 19 in the order in
which they will appear on the ballots.
For further information on MTA nominations
and elections, please contact Maureen Noyes of the
MTA Division of Governance and Administration
by calling 617.878.8305, e-mailing mnoyes@
massteacher.org or faxing inquiries to 617.742.7046.
one in high school and one at UMass, I am also
keenly aware of the need for excellent and affordable
higher education for every student.
Over the past three years as your NEA Director,
I have lobbied Congress on a wide range of issues
including reduced standardized testing, access to
early childhood education, college affordability,
charter school accountability, immigration reform,
voting rights, school safety and increasing the
minimum wage to improve the lives of students,
teachers and our communities. Massachusetts has
been at the forefront of this work and our voice
must be heard. The NEA must remain true to
its mission and lead the way in advocating for
legislative changes in education, social justice and
the best in professional practice.
You can rely upon me to be your voice at the
NEA and on Capitol Hill.
• NEA Board member 2012-2015
• NEA Legislative Committee
• Local president, Burlington Educators’
• Instructional coach and evaluation support
• Elementary classroom teacher
• Special education teacher
• Former adjunct faculty
• MTA Resolutions Committee (chair)
• MTA GLBT Issues Committee (vice chair)
• MA Commission for LGBTQ Youth
• NEA Resolutions Committee
• MTA Annual Meeting and NEA RA Delegate
past nine years
• Emerging Leaders alumna
• Education policy fellow
In July at the NEA RA in Denver, delegates
overwhelmingly voted to have our NEA President
ask the secretary of education to tender his
resignation; I was one of those delegates.
As NEA Director, I will impress upon our
congressional leaders just how frustrated educators
are here in Massachusetts. They will see firsthand
just how passionate I am about public education and
In my 14 years of teaching, I’ve been a
building representative, membership chair, vice
president, and now co-president of the Waltham
Educators Association. I’ve served two terms on
Professional Development Committees, and
attended the MTA Annual Meeting and NEA RA a
combined 20 times.
As an activist, I’ve enthusiastically campaigned
for MTA-recommended candidates in every
election since 2004. I meet with state senators and
representatives, rally on the State House steps and
at city halls and roll up my sleeves to hold signs and
Union activism at the state and local levels
makes me a better teacher, and I am proud of the
work I do to improve our profession for my members
and my students. You have two votes to cast in this
election; please consider me for one of them. In
Washington, I promise to be a voice of strength and
reason for you and all of our union members.
MTA preconvention meetings set for March and April
R egional preconvention meetings have been set for elected delegates to the 2015 MTA Annual Meeting of Delegates. At these preconventions, the delegates will receive
information and materials critical to their decision-making on
Registration for the preconventions begins at 3: 30 p.m. Each
meeting is scheduled to begin at 4: 30 p.m.
The following is a list of locations and dates for the 2015
Tuesday, March 31: Central Region, Best Western Royal
Wednesday, April 1: Northeast/Metro Region, Crowne Plaza,
Thursday, April 2: Western Region, Clarion Hotel and
Conference Center, Northampton.
Tuesday, April 7: Southeast Region, Holiday Inn, Taunton.
Wednesday, April 8: Cape Cod and Islands Region, Cape
Codder Resort, Hyannis.
The Annual Meeting of Delegates will be held May 8 and 9 at
the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.
Further information will be provided to delegates as it