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From the Executive Director

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The Faculty of RSTA and I welcome our students and their families, and all the community supporters who are a part of RSTA, to our program’s website for the 2018-2019 school year.

Last year, RSTA said farewell to and thanked a great educator, Business Education and Banking Teacher Bernadette Desiree, as she began the retirement leg of her life’s journey. We were exceptionally fortunate to an outstanding educator who is ready, willing, and able to pick up where Ms. Desiree left off. I am delighted to welcome to the RSTA faculty Ms. Jennifer Sloan Green. Additionally, we have expanded our Faculty to meet student demand by adding a second Computer Science teacher, Mr. Luis Martinez. I am delighted with these two individuals and look forward to their inspiring our students in the years ahead.

RSTA faculty will continue their efforts to engage family members in their ongoing support for student growth and achievement. RSTA teachers will be seeking to develop meaningful connections with families of our students to identify and use ways to “spark” our students’ passion and helps motivate them to success.

RSTA teachers will be devoting much of their Professional Development work this year on expanding and refining their instructional knowledge in the area of “Integrating Academics and Technology” in their labs, shops, and classes. Additionally, RSTA teachers will be working collaboratively with each other to learn more effective instructional strategies by sharing best practices and applying them in effective ways.

In response to feedback we have received over the last few years, we have expanded offerings for Freshmen in four programs and have modified our 9th Grade Exploratory course by clarifying Learning Objectives in the areas of self-awareness, and matching personal skills & interests with career options.

This year, our Engineering and our Biotechnology programs will be implementing major initiatives (both very generously funded by grants) that will expand learning and open the doors to students who might not have considered enrolling in them in the past.


  • Engineering, with a $463,000 Mass Capital Skills Grant, will implement an Advanced Manufacturing component to the second year of the Engineering sequence. Students will learn the valuable skills of operating computer driven manufacturing machinery, and will acquire the skills to enter this rapidly growing field. Engineering teacher Barry Jackson wrote the grant and will deliver the new curriculum.

  • Students in Biotechnology, aided by a $105,000 grant from Mass Life Skills Center, will begin learning in a new Biomanufacturing lab where they can develop many highly sought after skills related to this important aspect of the field. Dr. Joan Abrams, who will be building the lab this fall while on a sabbatical leave to hone her own knowledge & skills, wrote the grant in order to support even more student interest in Biotechnology as a career.

We look forward to another exciting and interesting year for the students and faculty of RSTA. Please come and visit – I’d love to share with you the great things that are being done here to help prepare our students for success in life beyond high school.

Dr. Mike Ananis