Board of Directors
MTA President Barbara Madeloni is a staunch advocate for students and educators in our state’s public schools and public higher education system. She is committed to building alliances with parents, students and community members to give educators a strong voice.
As MTA president, Madeloni is on leave from a position in the Labor Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was very active in the Massachusetts Society of Professors. She has also worked at the UMass Amherst School of Education, where she coordinated the Secondary Teacher Education Program, working with hundreds of prospective educators who went on to make a career of teaching. She was also an English teacher at high schools in Western Massachusetts. And before she became a teacher, she was a psychotherapist in Denver.
Barbara is also a writer and social activist. She has given numerous talks and written extensively on education issues. Much of her writing is focused on the activism that is necessary to resist corporate-driven education policies. She is deeply concerned about racial and economic disparities, and she is an outspoken critic of the ways that standardized testing is being used in student, teacher, school and district accountability systems.
Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), 20 Ashburton Place, Boston 02108 | 800/392.6175 | 617/878.8000 | www.massteacher.org
Richard L. Pearson is the Associate Executive Director of the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Administrators’ Association (MSSAA). Richard enjoyed a 23 year career in education with four different high schools. Most recently he was principal at Medway H.S. from 2004 to 2012. He was also an assistant principal at Foxborough H.S. from 2000 to 2004. A musician by education, he holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University. He began his teaching career as Band Director in Walpole and later in Medfield. He holds a Masters in Education degree from Bridgewater State College. Richard was the board president of the MSSAA in 2011-212 prior to beginning work at the Association.
In his role at the MSSAA, he is the executive liaison to the High School Committee, works closely with the Leadership Licensure Program (LLP), and represents the MSSAA to both the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Board of Education. He also serves as Associate Executive Director of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), acting as the executive liaison to the sports of football, ice hockey and baseball.
Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association (MSSAA), 33 Forge Parkway, Franklin 02038 | 508/541-7997 | www.mssaa.org
Executive Committee Members:
Thomas Gosnell, President of the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts
Tom has served as the President of the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts since his election in 2006. After graduating from Boston College and Rutgers University, Tom enjoyed a 15-year teaching career in the Boston Public Schools at Brighton High School and Boston Latin Academy. He held volunteer posts with the Boston Teachers Union starting in 1975 and was the first teacher in Boston to be granted a year-long paternity leave following the birth of his son in 1976. Tom transitioned to working for the Boston Teachers Union where he was responsible for filing and mediating grievances. Tom also developed a teacher mentor program in partnership with the school district. He was elected to the Executive Board of the AFT Massachusetts in 1982. He lives in Winchester.
American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts (AFTMA), 38 Chauncy Street #402, Boston 02111 | (617) 423-3342 | www.aftma.net
Stephanie Gray, President of Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association
Stephanie Gray has served on the Massachusetts PTA Board of Directors for six years beginning as the Communications Chairman and is currently the Immediate Past President. Stephanie is a mother of two teenagers and began her PTA experience developing the Drama Club at her children’s elementary school where for five years she provided 120 children each year the opportunity to participate in the theater. After her mother-in-law passed in 2016, Stephanie realized that most families are not prepared for loss, and she became an agent with the New York Life Insurance Company. Previously she worked for SMH Electronics as the Business Development Manager and also owned her own company helping small businesses develop their online presence. Throughout her career in marketing and as a parent advocate, Stephanie designed and presented workshops in the education and business. She believes that the role of PTA leaders is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their potential and to work with families to educate and empower parents, guardians, and caregivers so they can be the best advocate for their child.
Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association (PTA), c/o 405 Waltham St #147, Lexington 02421 | (617) 688-5226 | www.masspta.org
Glenn Koocher, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees
Glenn Koocher is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. A native of Cambridge, MA, Glenn served on the Cambridge School Committee from 1974-1986 serving in leadership positions, notably as budget chair during the implementation of Proposition 2 1/2. Glenn was also actively engaged in the city’s multi-year desegregation effort.
The parent of two public school students, Glenn has combined a career of educational advocacy with professional duties in health care and programs for older people. He graduated from the Cambridge Public Schools and earned a BA at Harvard College (1971). He is an alumnus of the Kennedy School’s Program for State and Local Government Executives and received an MPA from Suffolk University.
Rick Rogers, Executive Director of MESPA
Rick Rogers is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals’ Association and the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals’ Education Foundation. He has 34 years of experience in public education, including 27 years as an elementary school principal. He served as principal in a variety of settings, including Winchester, Lexington, Lowell, and Brookline. He has served as a facilitator for the National Institute of School Leadership and an adjunct instructor for the Lowell Public Schools Aspiring Administrator program and the Graduate School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Rick holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an M.Ed. from Lesley University and a C.A.S. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is passionate about the principalship and is deeply committed to providing professional learning and support to principals.
Massachusetts Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), 28 Lord Road ~ Suite 125, Marlborough 01752 | 508/624-0500 | www.mespa.org
Thomas Scott, Executive Director of Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents
Tom Scott is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, serving since 2003. An educator for 43 years, Tom served in the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School districts for 29 years as a teacher, guidance counselor, principal and superintendent of schools between 1969 and 1998. He was Executive Director of the EDCO Collaborative from 1998 to 2003.
Tom received his degrees from Northeastern University and Boston College, receiving his Ed.D in 1990.
Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.), 756 Marrett Road, Lexington 02421 | 781/541-5098 | www.massupt.org
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American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts
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Daniel Murphy, Director of Educational Policy and Programs
American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts
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