Familiar faces at the helm
Congratulations to the 2020 PPTA presidential team. President Jack Boyle was elected unopposed and Western Springs College teacher Melanie Webber was re-elected as junior vice president.
A good place to be
Jack has served three successive years as president since being elected in 2017. Prior to that he was teaching English and drama in Lower Hutt, running a performing arts business and part of PPTA’s regional team for Hutt Valley/Awakairangi as a regional delegate, NETs rep and most recently as the executive member from 2013.
Jack says that a fourth year is exactly what he’d hoped for. “There’s a different focus when you’re in an industrial campaign, so being able to put a bit more attention into what we didn’t achieve through bargaining and making that the priority via the accord and the PLD offerings for teachers that we’ll be rolling out from next year will be a welcome change”.
Jack has relished the challenge and privilege of representing PPTA members during his presidential term and is looking forward to the challenges the future will bring.
“We’ve had a bit of success in the past couple of years, we’ve got a settled collective, our membership numbers are up, we’re part of some pretty exciting consultation and policy work that will make a difference to education – and our teachers are engaged and looking to be part of the solutions, so that’s a good place to be.”
Time to begin vital work
Auckland born and bred, Melanie teaches Media Studies at Ngā Puna O Waiōrea Western Springs College. At Western Springs she went from branch secretary to chair and following that regional secretary.
Melanie believes the education system is in a huge state of flux and that PPTA must maintain a presence at the table.
“Changes are racing through with the NCEA review, the day after Tomorrow’s Schools and attempts to resolve teacher supply issues…through all this PPTA must ensure the teacher voice, the professional voice, is heard loud and clear,” she said.
“With the collective settled now is not the time to rest on our laurels…it is time to begin the vital work on the accord, turning it from words on a page to a reality that reduces workload and increases teacher and student wellbeing.”
We look forward to another year with Jack and Melanie at the helm of PPTA.