Lorraine Niccoli is ESP of the Year

Lorraine Niccoli, a paraprofessional educator and president of the Brockton Paraprofessionals Association, has been named MTA's ESP of the Year.

The award was presented by Donna Johnson, MTA at-large director to represent education support professionals, during the closing lunch of the two-day MTA ESP Conference. More than 300 ESPs from all over Massachusetts attended. The conference provided MTA ESPs with an opportunity to network, learn new skills and share and exchange experiences and ideas.

In presenting the award, Johnson said:

Lorraine is an ESP member who works in the Instructional Resource Center (IRC) in Brockton. Lorraine’s work is highly regarded by every school librarian in Brockton, as Lorraine is a true education support professional who is always ready to answer questions, handle problems and help her colleagues.
In addition, Lorraine represents 350 members as president of the Brockton Paraprofessionals Association. Lorraine works closely with MTA, and is a leader who understands the value of engaging her membership. Lorraine does not look at contract negotiations or grievance processing as her only union duties. In fact, Lorraine has built strong relationships within her local, has worked tirelessly for the rights of her members, and always seeks to increase the power of her members through their engagement and involvement. She is an authentic leader, and a marvelous example of how leaders can make a difference.   

Further, Lorraine has worked with the Brockton School Department to identify meaningful professional development activities that have enabled Paraprofessionals to excel in the classroom. Lorraine is skilled in conflict resolution and always displays diplomacy and insight when dealing with difficult situations. All who meet Lorraine recognize her positive attitude, energy, talent, and dedication.

 MTA ESP Conference Slide Show

MTA ESP Conference Workshops and Presenters:

Stress in Children and Adolescents, Al Moscaritolo, LICSW; Melissa DeGraan, LCSW, Quincy Education Association

Representing Your Members: The Front Line of Union Defense, Steve Day, MTA Regional Services Consultant, Tedi Winkler, MTA Regional Services Consultant, Bob Whalen, MTA Higher Education Consultant

True Colors, Floyd Cox, NEA Organizational Specialist

ESP Professionalism, Kerry Costello, Andover Education Association President, Kathleen Meltsakos, Andover, MTA ESP Committee and Executive Board Member 

You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader, Lisa Connor, NEA ESP Quality Sr. Program/Policy Specialist, Donna Johnson, At-Large Director to Represent Education Support Professionals

Workplace Bullying, George Luse, MTA Training and Organizing Coordinator

What Is So Special About Special Ed? (Advanced Workshop), Ann Sullivan, MTA Regional Services Consultant

Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Al Moscaritolo and Melissa DeGraan

Beat Privatization, Jonathan Falk, NEA ESP Quality Sr. Program/Policy Specialist
Putting Locally Grown Food within a Hand’s Reach of Every Student, Lisa Creighton, Sr. Program Coordinator of NEA Health Information Network; Simca Horwitz, Technical Assistance Specialist, Mass. Farm to School Project

Got Air?, Tolle Graham, Labor and Environment Coordinator, Mass. COSH; Michael Sireci, MTA Regional Services Consultant, Sarah Gibson, Attorney
Not Everyone Cries, Joyce Hanousek, School Adjustment Counselor, Gateway Regional School District   

Empowering the Leader in You, Tedi Winkler, MTA Regional Services Consultant, Millie Ficarra, MTA ESP Committee Co-Chair