MTA President Barbara Madeloni
Barbara Madeloni, president of the 110,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association, is a staunch advocate for students and educators in the public schools and public higher education system in Massachusetts. She believes that strong unions led by rank-and-file members produce stronger public schools and communities. She is committed to racial and economic justice – and to building alliances with parents, students and communities – to secure a more just world.
Madeloni is on leave as a senior lecturer in the Labor Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Beginning in 2004, she worked at the UMass School of Education, where among other responsibilities she coordinated the Secondary Teacher Education Program.
Prior to teaching at UMass, Madeloni was an English teacher at Northampton High School from 2000 to 2004 and at Frontier Regional School in South Deerfield from 1998 to 2000. She taught students in grades nine, 10 and 12.
As a teacher educator, she worked with hundreds of prospective educators who now teach in schools throughout Massachusetts and across the country. Before she became a teacher, Madeloni was a psychotherapist working primarily with women and adolescents in Denver.
As a teacher and teacher educator, Madeloni has been committed to public education as a significant force for racial and economic justice. In both her educational practice and her union leadership, she has worked to create opportunities for people to name injustice and claim their collective power to create the schools and communities we deserve.
Madeloni is also a writer and scholar. Her writing is focused on the negative influence of corporate interests in public education, the link between corporatization and racism, and the activism required to resist corporate-driven policies.
At UMass, Madeloni was active in her MTA affiliate, the Massachusetts Society of Professors. She served as secretary of the MSP before becoming president of the MTA in July 2014. She was elected to a second term as MTA president in May 2016.
Madeloni grew up in Syosset, New York, the seventh of 13 children. She credits her parents with instilling in her a commitment to social justice. She and her husband, David Madeloni, live in Northampton.