Membership Meeting 1/20/2021

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Local 4098 Member of the Month
January 2021
Carmen Cotto

"I would love to nominate, Carmen Cotto as the Local 4098 Member of the Month. She has been a wonderful asset to the Rebecca M. Johnson family for 28 years. Carmen has worked with many students and teachers in her years in the Springfield public schools from a one to one, pre-k, kindergarten and first grade. She is dedicated and dependable compassionate, loving and supportive to everyone. Her smile is joyful and contiguous. Ms. Cotto goes above and beyond to help the students and teachers. I am so happy I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside such a wonderful woman. I first meet Carmen 15 years ago. She has always been so warm and welcoming." Michelle Callahan, First-grade Special Education Teacher, Rebecca Johnson.

"Carmen Cotto is engaged in each activity of each lesson every single day. She is always at the ready guiding students in achieving their objectives, modeling and making poignant connections. She is kind and hardworking and she is extremely devoted to our students." Justin Calcasola, Music Teacher, Rebecca Johnson School.

"I would like to recognize our Paraprofessional, Carmon Cotto, for her hard work and dedication to our students at Rebecca Johnson School.
Carmen Cotto has been at Rebecca Johnson for well over twenty-five years and has been a pinacol force in many of our young students lives. She has worked in many grades over the years, but this is the first year I have the privilege to work with her in my classroom during remote learning.

Remote learning has come with its trials and challenges. Many of us have had to change much of how we approach our curriculum and our students. Carmen is no different. She has embraced the technology that we are using and is willing to learn it, so she can give the best instructions to our students. Ms. Cotto is inquisitive and will take the time to practice with me, just to get it right. Carmen has also taken the initiative to use the lessons I give her and do more with it by taken notes on what the students do with her. Ms. Cotto has done an excellent job overcoming the challenges of remote learning. I am confident that my students are learning with her and it is because she embraced the challenges and made it work for her and our students.

It is wonderful having Carmen Cotto in my classroom. She is a fantastic asset to have during this unprecedented event in teaching." Jessica Leary, M.Ed, Grade 1 Teacher, Effective Educator Coach, Rebecca Johnson School.

Congratulations Carmen and Thank You for Making a Difference.



Attention Springfield Community Members

Please sign the petition requesting that the Springfield School Committee Adopt "Teaching and Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Bill of Rights for Springfield Students, Families, Educators and School Staff"


The 2020-21 school year is a school year like no other. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for students, families, educators and school staff alike. Despite the challenges, we could not be more proud that the Springfield School Committee and district leaders have remained committed to seeing that all students, families, educators and school staff have safe, effective and fulfilling schooling experiences through thoughtful and informed decision making . To encourage others to espouse this approach, we request that the Springfield School Committee adopt this Bill of Rights which outlines the precepts on which they have based their decisions and reaffirms their leadership role throughout the Commonwealth during the pandemic.

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Can you join me and take action?

Simulating Equalized Pay

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Employee Self Service:

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In the email include:

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Fax # for the payroll dept: 413-787-6592

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Books for Kindergarten Joy

Nominate a Local 4098 Member to be the Member of the Month


Do you know a member of our unit who goes above and beyond?  Would you like to nominate that person for recognition within our local? 


We would like to acknowledge a single member of our unit on a monthly basis for their contributions to our members and our local.  


Use this link to nominate a member and tell us a little about why you think we should recognize them as the "Local 4098  Member of the Month ". 

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