A New Year, New Opportunities

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Gary Amoroso
MASA Executive Director

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! The State Fair is over and it’s time to continue the journey of providing each student in Minnesota with a high quality and dynamic educational experience. I want to start by thanking each of you for what you do every day to make this happen in your school district!

It’s hard for me to believe that I am in my fifth year as your executive director. As your professional organization, MASA staff will strive to provide you with experiences and resources that will assist you in your daily work.

Our annual Fall Conference will be held on Sunday, September 27 – Tuesday, September 29 at the DECC in Duluth. Registration materials and conference details are available on our web site at www.mnasa.org. We will provide you with excellent general sessions as well as stimulating breakout sessions. I hope to see you there!

The MASA Strategic Plan continues to guide the actions of the organization. The two objectives in the plan will set the course for our activities and action.

The objectives are:

  • By 2017, MASA will coordinate professional learning that meets the needs and interests of each member.
  • By 2017, all members will affirm that MASA is the unifying force for Minnesota public education.

While these are lofty objectives, it is our intent to work in a collaborative fashion with our members to continuously move towards accomplishment of them. As I’ve stated in the past, the strength of MASA lies within our members. Thank you for all that you do to make MASA a growing and vibrant professional organization.

As some of you may know, we have expanded our Mentor/Mentee program to include any new member of our association. Thanks to so many of our members who will be working as mentors during the coming year. Feedback on this program has demonstrated how valuable the guidance and advice provided to our mentees can be. Best wishes for a successful year to each of our new members. Please know that all of us at MASA are here to assist you whenever the need arises.

I wish you the best as this new year commences. I believe we are very fortunate to be involved in an endeavor that has a new beginning on a yearly basis. Always remember the impact that you can have on the students and staff in the district in which you serve!

As always, please contact me if I can be of assistance – (651) 319-1211 or gamoroso@mnasa.org.

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