President Thomas "Tom" Smith - 2019 - 2020
Welcome back everyone to another amazing school year! My name is Tom Smith and I am honored to be your president of MAESP for the 2019-2020 school year. I look forward to working with all of our members in the role President. I would like to personally thank Lou D’Ambrosio for his hard work and contributions as our president this past school year. Lou did an exceptional job with his leadership and guidance to live up to the mission of MAESP.
I have served in education for 25 years in the role of classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal. I started my career as a fifth-grade teacher and then a third-grade teacher. I then became an assistant principal for four years and I have been a principal for the last twelve years. I have been a part of MAESP for the last 17 years and I am so thankful that I am a part of such an outstanding organization. Each year our organization continues to advocate and serve all our members in various ways. I am extremely excited to advocate for our schools and our profession on the local, state, and federal levels and to continue to try and make education a priority in Annapolis and Washington. I strongly believe that our voice needs to continue to be heard in both arenas. For lawmakers to understand today’s educational system and the demands of our schools, we need to continue to meet and have open dialogue with these representatives. By helping our lawmakers understand our schools and the needs we face daily, we can hopefully help give them perspective and guidance when voting on items that impact our schools and our students. Advocating for our schools and most importantly our students is essential now more than ever before.
We also need to continue to help our members grow professionally to stay current in our rapidly changing profession. MAESP has been committed to providing quality professional development opportunities in a variety of ways and we will continue to offer those opportunities this year to help our administrators grow personally as well as professionally. In addition to professional development throughout the year, we are going to plan an amazing state conference, March 26-28, that will be filled with keynote speakers and amazing breakout sessions that will focus on current issues we face as administrators in our everchanging profession.
I encourage everyone to check out our website and see the many services and what we have to offer our members. Please also become familiar with your county representative (if you haven’t already). One of the amazing benefits in being a part of such an outstanding organization is that we get to network with colleagues who are experiencing similar challenges and opportunities. We get to hear ideas and solutions as well as share ideas with our colleagues. To me that is some of the most important professional development that we can take advantage of with our organization, networking and learning. We are always stronger together and we need to lean on each other to make it through the hard times and celebrate the great times. I think Mattie Stepanek said it best with “Unity is strength…. when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”
Principal of Youth’s Benefit Elementary School