This is a reminder that the time for uploading artifacts is approaching for members on Self-Directed Plans. For individuals on other plans, consult your individual timeline. If any members need evaluation assistance, the BTU will be offering two workshops during April to assist in this process. The first will be on Saturday, April 1, and the second will be on Saturday, April 29. Both will be held at the BTU from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
Primary Race for Secretary/Treasurer and Paraprofessional/Substitute Field Rep:
Ballots will be mailed out on April 3 and must be received at AAA in New York by April 30. In-person voting will take place at the BTU on May 3 from 6 AM to 8 PM. Bring your picture ID.
- Betsy Drinan
- Charles Lucas
- Karen Cross
- Darren Wells
Paraprofessional/Substitute Field Rep*
- Carla Johnson
- Colleen Hart
- A Vanessa Larocque
* Debra Brown communicated to the election committee that she wants her name withdrawn from the ballot for this position. Colleen Hart was left off this list in last week’s bulletin by error.
Paraprofessionals Looking to Become Teachers?
Are you a BPS paraprofessional without a Bachelor’s degree who wants to become a licensed classroom teacher in the Boston Public Schools? If yes, then the JET Program may be for you.
Journey into Education and Teaching (JET) is a nonprofit educational program partnering with the Boston Public Schools Office of Human Capital. JET offers a multi-year cohort-based teacher pipeline program for BPS paraprofessionals without Bachelor’s degrees. Read more, fill out the online JET interest form, and email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Please save the date of Saturday, April 8, for the AFT-MA/BTU Paraprofessional Statewide Conference. See the BTU website for more details.
Marathoning for the Mather Fundraiser
A message from teachers Leah Murphy and Hong Le-Smith:
We will be holding a fundraising event at The Blarney Stone on April 1 at 2 pm. Please join us for appetizers, a cash bar and some awesome raffles! All proceeds will go towards field trips! We have a suggested donation of $20 at the door. We also have a gofundme page. Please feel free to pass along the link!
Support these two Mather teachers today: gofundme.com/marathoningforthemather
The Boston Teachers Union regrets to inform you that Sharon Jane (Rose) DePina, a sister of Brenda Chaney, who is the BTU’s Parent and Community liaison, has passed away. Going home services will be on Tuesday, March 28 at Charles Street AME Church on 541 Warren Street, with a viewing from 9-10 and the service from 10-11. The Boston Teachers Union sends its condolences to the Chaney and DePina families.
The Boston Teachers Union regrets to inform you that Mr. Joseph Nosella, an RTC member since 1993, has passed away. Mr. Nosella taught at O’Bryant High School for many years. The Boston Teachers Union sends its condolences to the Nosella family. Please see Mr. Nosella’s obituary.
The Boston Teachers Union regrets to inform you that Ms. Josephine Mortlock, mother of retired teacher Raymond Mortlock, has passed away. The Boston Teachers Union sends its condolences to the Mortlock family. Please see Ms. Mortlock’s obituary.