Student Education Association of Massachusetts

Helping Aspiring Teachers and Educators Succeed

Leaders: Past & Present

State Student Organizer: Robert Whalen


Robert (Bob) Whalen is a 1986 graduate of Brandeis University and a 1994 graduate of Northeastern Law School. He started working for the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) in 1995 in MTA’s Legal Division as a Legal intern for four years before becoming Temporary Staff Counsel in 1998. In 1999, he became a member of the Higher Education Division where he worked for 17 years as a Field Representative. Bob began working with the Student Education Association of Massachusetts (SEAM) as a Staff Consultant in 2004. In 2016, he was named the position of Retired Member/Student Member Organizer. In June 2017, he was honored to be named NEA’s Outstanding State Student Organizer for the 2016-2017AY.



Current Educator Co-Chair: Erinne Silver (2014-Present)

Picture and Bio coming soon!


Student Member Co-Chair (2016-2017AY): Ashley Mastrorilli


(Ashley with students on an Education Dept. based Service Trip to St. John’s Anglican School in Belize, January 2017)

Ashley is an Elementary Education/Special Education Dual License and English major with a minor in Childhood Studies at Bridgewater State University. She hopes to work at an inner-city school in a Special Education setting, or at a Collaborative in a Social/Emotional/Behavioral classroom after she earns her Master’s degree in Special Education. Ashley has been involved in SEAM since her Freshman (2013-2014AY) year of college. To her, the best part about being the Co-Chair of SEAM is connecting with fellow education majors/minors and collaborating with them to make their years as an undergraduate fulfilling through making the most in-demand Professional Development workshops available to members. The best part of SEAM overall to her is how passionate each member is about pursuing a career in education: “The dedication to making ourselves the best we can be before our first day in the classroom is amazing. Everyone is eager to better themselves and help each other get to their full potential through MTEL prep, recommending conferences and workshops to each other, and helping each other with résumés and School Spring accounts…What amazing batch of educators we have coming into the profession!”








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