MCTA General Assembly Notes

On Wednesday, April 22, MCTA hosted a Spring General Assembly via Zoom. Approximately 60 members attended. The purpose of the assembly was to elect our MCTA President, present the procedure for nominating Building Representatives, and discuss online schooling as it pertains to the contract.

David Hamman was elected unopposed as President per OEA election guidelines and MCTA bylaws. 

There are open positions for Building Representatives in each school. If you are interested in running for the position, email Jodi Dobbens at For more information on the responsibilities of Building Rep, ask your representatives in your school. The list is available on this site under the Local Information tab.

President David Hamman spent much of the meeting explaining guidelines that MCTA and Administration have worked on to accommodate online schooling during this time. Want more information? See the Know Your Contract tab on this site. 

David also shared data from the survey sent to elementary school teachers about conference scheduling. 

Please join Executive Committee for any meeting; members are always welcome! Your voice is the most important voice in our union. Together we are strong!

Our MCTA Members Go the Extra Mile

On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, MCTA Executive Committee met via Zoom to discuss how to help our members and our students in these trying times. One of the most important items on the agenda: helping families in our community to have ready access to food. MCTA voted to donate $1500 to local food banking services to help those in Medina who lack food security.  This donation was due to the efforts of two of our members, Katie Shaffer, MHS History Teacher, and Ed Dargay, MHS Math Teacher, who have been working diligently all year to create a food pantry at Medina High School.

High School Food Pantry. It looks kind of empty. Can you help fill it?

Katie and Ed have solicited donations of money, food, hygiene supplies, and a room in the school for students to “shop” for their families before weekends and holidays. They have spent their free time (hahah! What teacher has free time???) shopping and stuffing backpacks with food for students to take with them. Because of their efforts, many students who would have gone without steady meals outside of the school environment can have access to healthy food, including fruits and vegetables.


Katie, Ed, and crew fill each box with supplies.


Katie and Ed exemplify the motto of MCTA: We ARE Medina. They take care of our families.

  Katie Shaffer
Ed Dargay











For information on how to help feed Medina families, contact the following sources:

For the MHS Food Pantry: Katie Shaffer at

For Feed Medina County :

For Medina County Police Activities League: 330-661-0121

Executive Committee Notes and Save the Date!

On Wednesday, February 19, MCTA Executive Committee met at Garfield Elementary. Topics of discussion included substitute teachers (How can MCTA welcome them in our buildings?), communication with our members via this webpage and social media, and upcoming events.

One new addition to this site is the “Know Your Contract” page. Each month we will feature an explanation and highlight of part of our contract. This month’s feature is called “Hiccups,” written by Rob Thompson, and it advises us on how to deal with problems at the early stages. Do you have questions about a part of the contract? Respond in the comments on that page, and we will address your questions and concerns.

Save the Date:

What:  District Staff Meeting to Discuss Re-Districting and Portrait of a Graduate

When: Thursday, February 27, 2020

Time: 4:00 PM

Place:  Medina High School Media Center

Please add this date to your calendar. It is important that educators have a voice in our district policies! Together, we are strong!

Leadership Summit

On January 28, MCTA President David Hamman and Digital Media Chair Stephani Itibrout attended the NEOEA Leadership Summit.


The theme was “World Cafe,” with groups rotating to different stations for short, interactive presentations on combating educator burnout.

Would you be interested in attending an NEOEA or OEA event? There are many opportunities to learn from our local leaders.  Our next event is NEOEA’s Legislative Reception on Monday, February 24. It is an evening to talk with our area’s legislators over dinner.  The event is free; if you are interested, email David Hamman. See the attached flyer.


The event to follow is MegaConference on Saturday, March 7 from 8:30-noon, where educators can choose to learn about local and national professional issues.  MCTA will sponsor your participation, and breakfast and lunch are included. If you would like to attend, email David Hamman.

The National Education Association Interviews Presidential Candidates

What is the NEA doing about vetting candidates for the Presidential Elections? President Lily Eskelsen Garcia is interviewing candidates with questions submitted by NEA members. Click here to see interviews with Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. Wondering how your preferred candidate stacks up to others on the issues? Click here for NEA’s Candidate Comparison tool.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia