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Shea aims to bring teaching experience to board


Election 2009 candidate profile



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Martena Shea (click for larger version)
June 08, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — While most people who grow up in town spend, perhaps 12 years at most, in the school system, Martena Shea has been involved with it almost all her life. Not only did she study in it, she came back to teach, serve as a librarian and be union president until her retirement last year — a total of 25 years in Southbridge schools.

This month, she hopes to parlay that experience into a seat on the School Committee. She faces incumbents Jack Jovan and David DiGregorio and two other challengers, Sean Gilliard and Michael Murray, on the June 30 ballot for two seats.

"At one [recent] meeting, a member said, 'How can we judge this? We're not educators,'" Shea recalled. "I am an educator. They need input from somebody who has that experience."

A key element of that, she adds, is her longevity in the system, which has enabled her to see a lot of changes and their long-term effect.

See Monday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage

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