Dr. Deb Henton
Executive Director

While it isn’t time for a new year’s resolution, it is never too late to prioritize personal growth and your health. You have worked hard during this 2022-2023 school year and I encourage you to make a determined effort this summer to find time and recharge because with it will come rejuvenation and reflection.

There are endless possibilities for what you can do everyday that will become a habit to rely on during the 2023-2024 school year and beyond. If you’re like me, you probably tell others to take good care of themselves and yet you do not get enough sleep every night, eat a balanced diet daily, drink plenty of water throughout the day, socialize regularly with friends and family, exercise as frequently as you would like to, or put down your digital devices until late into the evening. By committing to taking better care of ourselves we strengthen our ability to help others. 

Have you considered your own personal growth and what you need to learn more about over the summer? In the world of education there is broad discussion about Artificial Intelligence (AI), evidence-based reading strategies, cyber-security, creating equitable learning environments, competency based instruction, how to recruit and retain quality staff, and more. Your school community commonly looks to you as an authority on countless issues. Maybe the summer months will afford you time to read about topics you might encounter so you feel prepared for what may come and experience less stress trying to find time during a busy school year.

In the words of author Jenny Han, “Everything good, everything magical, happens between the months of June and August.” May you find magic in self-care and personal growth, and do whatever makes you happy this summer!

I look forward to working alongside you next school year. Thank you for another fantastic year of supporting MASA and most importantly your dedication to our children in Minnesota.

Best personal regards,


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