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Good Byes and thank you!

Steve Hagenbuch, MAESP's Executive Director for the past three years, retired  June 30th.  Steve's passion and spirit enhanced our organization.  With over 40 years as an active and engaged member, Steve joined MAESP early on in his administrative career - he 'stepped up'.   Steve wrote his last piece as Executive Director with this mantra in mind:

MAESP has always had strong support from its members. Every year, individuals “Step-Up” to take a larger, more active role. This year has been no exception. A full slate of officers went to members for a vote, culminating in the election of Tom Smith as President-Elect, Blaine Hawley as National Representative, and Matt Wagner as treasurer. Congratulations to all candidates and winners.

There was a need for an MAESP member to serve on the MSDE High School Graduation Task Force. Even though he knew it would likely take him from his school more than 10 days this year, Dave DuLacStepped-Up” and is representing his elementary school colleagues.

When she realized that MAESP had no input into recently passed legislation regarding suspension of students K-2, Lori Phelps “Stepped-Up” and is now our legislative Chair. Lori arranged for your Steering Committee to meet with Delegates and Senators in January. Lori and president-elect Lou D’Ambrosio served on the MSDE Committee to craft regulations to implement the law. This involvement has led to further guidance from the State House to MSDE. This letter could, in fact, form the basis for a much clearer path for school leaders to navigate.

When starting this list, I knew there was a chance that I might leave out individuals who have, in other areas, “Stepped-Up”.  No doubt that is the case. Although we owe a debt of gratitude to all those mentioned, my point is not to issue a thank you to all who should receive recognition. It is, rather, to give some examples of members who have decided that they want to make more of a difference for their colleagues. They’ve chosen to do so by “Stepping-Up” into a role of greater leadership. These opportunities are open to all members. There continues to be much work to be done. As we work this spring to re-constitute the Board for the 2018-2019 school year, will you ‘Step-Up”? There are at least 6 counties without a representative. The are Committees without a Chairperson. If you are asked to serve, will you ‘Step-Up”? Have you identified an area of interest where you’d like to become more involved? By all means, “Step-Up”! It is only through your continued involvement that MAESP can continue to serve members.

As I write this article, I’m reminded of one my most often used quotes over the years. This one from Margaret Mead, “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed that’s all who ever have.” So, to all you caring people, help keep MAESP a vibrant, engaged, proactive and responsive organization. “Step-Up”.

Thank you Steve for Stepping Up!




Upcoming Events

Sep 22

Executive Board Meeting September 22nd

First Executive Board Meeting of 2018-2019 to be held in Waldorf MD. Steering Committee will meet Friday September 21st at 5:00 p.m Additional details regarding location and Friday dinner to be determined.