It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your 2013-2014 President. Starting out as the Secretary/Treasurer, a few short years ago, I would not have imagined that my time with AEIRS would lead me to this position. I have met so many passionate educators over the years. I hope each of you have the same thrill and excitement of meeting new people, learning new tools, and exploring a city you may have never been to before. I am eagerly anticipating a year of working with continuing and new committee members as well as continuing the friendships with my colleagues on the Board.
We have been able to meet the majority of the goals from the last strategic planning meeting. One of our goals this summer was explore new strategic goals for the organization. With the input of members and the AEIRS BOD, we will establish goals that will be used to grow, improve, and enhance our organization. If you were unable to attend the strategic planning meeting Wednesday evening, please feel free to email me or any of our Board members or executive secretary with your suggestions. Some of the strengths that were highlighted from the strategic planning meeting that I hold close to my heart include: quality and passionate members, the organization markets to educators, accreditation and curriculum influence, networking, good reputation, mentoring program, encourages people to excel to field, and launch careers.
Most importantly, I want to thank all volunteers to include those who have committed to serve on our committees, or as a liaison, or as an appointee. I also want to thank everyone who volunteered to assist during this annual meeting. Without our volunteers our organization would not be successful.
Please continue to browse our website. We encourage you to look through our website tools, resources, and journal articles. If you would like to contribute to one of the many resource folders, please forward your materials to our office to upload on the AEIRS website for other educators to view.
Lastly, mentoring. How many of you have or have had a mentor in your life? Many of you may have appreciated the guidance of a mentor; rather than forging the educator path alone. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, please speak with me or other members of the board about your interest or if you just have questions.
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Kenya Haugen, DM, MS, RT(R)