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Torrington Building Rep Steps Up to Give Back to Colleagues

Teachers are extremely busy people, but despite all of the responsibilities already on her plate Torrington teacher Sarah Mobley decided to step up and become a building rep in her local.

Explaining the value of union membership and the reason she’s decided to get involved Mobley says, “The union is our voice. We are stronger together, and as a collective we can do more and speak up for the change we want in our schools. That is a power that union membership provides, and it’s important to be a part of that.”

The Southwest Elementary School teacher is in her first year as a building rep.

“I stepped up because I found out that my local didn’t have any building reps who teach the arts, so as an art teacher I thought, well, if they don’t have anybody in the arts, it’s my responsibility to step forward and take that position,” Mobley says. Read more

Watch: Torrington Community Celebrates Music Education

In an era when arts and music education sometimes lose out to subjects more easily assessed by standardized tests, Torrington is being recognized for choosing a different path. For the 17th consecutive year, Torrington has been named one of the best communities nationwide for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants.

The commitment Torrington teachers, students, parents, and community members have made to music education was on display this spring at the All City Elementary Honors Orchestra & Band Concert. Fifth graders from all five of the districts’ elementary schools, along with their middle and high school mentors, came together under the direction of band director Ashlee Casko and orchestra director Tia Ward-de Leone for an evening performance that left parents and community members deeply inspired and impressed.