As we embark on another academic year I’d like to first thank those veteran teachers who have chosen to continue the hard work and dedication to the children of Holyoke. I’d also like to take this time to welcome all the new teachers to the district. I strongly believe that you could not have joined us at a more pivotal moment in Holyoke’s history. The experiences you will encounter as an educator in our current situation under receivership will be challenging, but I feel it will help all of us, especially our fledgling teachers, in creating a foundation for a long, rewarding career.
Although we face unprecedented times our mission does not change. I’ve learned a valuable lesson while serving in the Marine Corps that I’d like to share with you: “To continue to exist despite adverse conditions; improvise, overcome and adapt.” We must rely upon each other as professionals. As returning teachers we should reach out to the new staff and take them under our wing. As new members I encourage you to seek out that guidance. It is my firm belief that if we do our job to the best of our abilities, we as the HTA will be at the center of the success as part of the turnaround plan.
Please remember the HTA is here to support you.
Vice President, Holyoke Teachers Association