The EAW would like to extend our sympathies to our member Caitlin McCarthy for the loss of her mother Ann. In a career spanning almost three decades, Ann served as a Special Education teacher in Worcester, working at David Hale Fanning Trade School in the 1970s before transferring to Worcester Vocational Technical High School when “Girls Trade” and “Boys Trade” merged. Ann made a lasting impact on her students, many of whom reached out to her years after graduation.
Additionally, Ann served as a union officer of the Worcester Vocational Teachers Association and delegate in the Educational Association of Worcester (EAW). She devoted untold hours to meetings, committees, and the contract negotiation team. In 1987, Ann put herself on the front line during the Worcester vocational education teacher strike and risked arrest as a union officer, all because she believed that a teacher’s working conditions are a child’s learning conditions.