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


On Wednesday, November 20, Executive Committee members attended Building Representative Training at the Medina County Career Center. Chef Tony and his culinary arts students prepared made-to-order pasta dishes as well as salad and desserts.

Chef Tony’s MCCC students prepare pasta dishes for MCTA Building Reps.

Susan Dodge, MCTA’s Labor Relations Consultant, presented Best Practices in advocating for members. Topics included Weingarten Rights, Grievance Procedures, and the Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators.

Building Rep Training at MCCC


Do you have questions or concerns about your contract?  Do you want more information on what your Building Representatives and LRC can do for you? Do you wonder if your social media practices are compliant with the Code of Professional Conduct?  See a Building Representative! We are here to help you. Lists of Representatives for each building in the district are on this web page (look at the links at the top of the page).

North Eastern Ohio Education Association Representative Assembly

What did you do with your Saturday? On November 9, Medina Delegates attended the NEOEA Representative Assembly in Painesville, Ohio. It was the 150th birthday of NEOEA, and things were rockin’!

The drum line at Thomas W. Harvey High School greeted us as we ate breakfast, and then we had a celebration in the auditorium.

We heard campaign speeches from candidates to the National Education Association Board of Directors. These Directors will be the liaison between the Ohio Education Association and the NEA. They work on policy and lobbying for laws that will benefit children and educators.

We voted for endorsement of those candidates for the elections to be held at the Ohio Education Association Representative Assembly.

Katie Shaffer and Sherri Hufford line up to vote.


MCTA President David Hamman

A big focus of the RA was the drive for the Fund for Children and Public Education. The FCPE is what funds any sort of political action on the part of the Ohio Education Association or the National Education Association. Our union dues do not contribute in any way to lobbying or candidate endorsement, so the FCPE is important as a means to advocate for children and educators through political action. Members can contribute to the FCPE in two ways:

  1. Payroll deduction ($5.00 per paycheck can make a big difference!)
  2. Periodic donations through Building Representatives or meetings

Jeff Wensing, Vice President of the Ohio Education Association, gave us four examples of how FCPE donations made a positive impact for students and educators:

  1. Our lobbying has changed the requirements for RESA (Resident Educators Program), and we are continuing to pressure legislators to drop RESA requirements and replace them with funding for mentor programs.
  2. Lobbying is currently in place to stop state takeovers of failing school districts. We can see the harm these takeovers cause just by looking at Lorain, Youngstown, and East Cleveland.
  3. Our efforts have decreased state testing requirements, and we are pushing for further rollback in state testing.
  4. We continue to fight for fair school funding.

Without your donations, we can’t advocate for these causes and others that help us to educate children. Please see your building representatives to donate to FCPE.

Good news! Medina City Teachers Association has won the Five Star Award! This award is given to local unions that meet five of the following requirements:

  1. Send a representative to both NEOEA Representative Assemblies
  2. Send a representative to both OEA Representative Assemblies
  3. Send a member to attend at least one NEOEA workshop other than NEOEA Day
  4. Send a representative to at least half of the meetings of UniServ Council
  5. Have at least 25% of its members contributing to the Ohio Fund for Children and Public Education
  6. Submit an application for at least one award.

Congratulations to us!

Your 2019-2020 Delegates

Congratulations to 2019-2020 MCTA Delegates to the North East Ohio Education Association and Ohio Education Association Representative Assemblies:

Austin Argabright

Bradley Dalzell

Ed Dargay (OEA alternate)

David Hamman

Sherri Hufford

Stephani Itibrout

Connie Lahr (OEA alternate)

Laina Makepeace

Tricia Schuck

Katie Shaffer

Rob Thompson

Our Medina Delegates will attend two NEOEA RAs and two OEA RAs this school year. They will participate in debates and voting over New Business Items concerning resolutions and policies in education.  Do you want to observe a Representative Assembly? Contact MCTA President David Hamman, who can arrange for you to be a non-voting observer.

Would you like to follow the Delegates in their journey through the RAs? Read the posts from our Blog, embedded on this webpage.

Also, follow MCTA on its Twitter and Facebook pages and through #WeAreMedina!