As the 2018-19 school year comes to an end, MTI extends our appreciation to all MTI-represented employees for your countless contributions to Madison’s children: to the EAs who care for and support our most vulnerable students; to the classroom teachers and substitute teachers who stand and deliver every day; to the school secretaries and administrative support staff who keep school operations running; to the school security assistants who build critical relationships while providing safety; to the student support and health services staff who treat emotional and physical wounds; to the central office support staff who provide technical support, instructional support, and administrative support to 4,000 employees across 50+ work sites; to our brothers and sisters in Local 60, who clean and maintain our buildings and feed our students; to our brothers and sisters in the building trades who construct and paint and plumb and repair. It truly does take a village to educate a child and you are all a part of that village.
To say that this has been a trying and difficult year doesn’t even come close to describing what we’ve all been through. There have been many successes, but there also have been incredible challenges. The end of the school year and the impending change in district leadership provide us with an opportunity to reset, honestly reflect, and look at where we move next. MTI staff and leadership will be working over the summer to do just that. We operate by the words, “Collectively We Decide, United We Act.”
As a member-led union we must seek ways to engage in dialog about the many issues that we face in our profession and in our society.
We have the highest quality staff who display a very high level of compassion, knowledge, and professionalism in service to our students on a daily basis. There are many ways to measure success and many will seek to emphasize various metrics and student data. However, we all know that much of what we do is largely immeasurable. As Ralph Waldo Emerson so aptly stated, “…. to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!” MTI members exemplify this definition of success!
As we move into the summer we will go many different directions. Some of you will be continuing to work for the District, working at other employment, or pursuing professional development. Others are retiring, resigning, or moving on to other chapters in life. I sincerely hope that all of you are able to find time to do the things that you give you joy and relaxation.
Thanks to each and every one of you for the difference you have made every day.