Message From the President

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Message From the President

Greetings and Salutations my fellow colleagues, I would like to thank you for joining another thrilling year with us at St. Louis Suburban Council of the International Reading Association. I hope you all had a relaxing and rejuvenating summer! First and foremost, I would like to thank those for taking the time to fill out the survey I sent last school year. From this information, I was able find out some valuable information that helped guide me to planning this year’s events as your President.
We have a great year planned and hope to see you at one or all of our meetings. Now, I know we all have lives outside of our careers and thus we all understand my goal this year is “The Year of Me.” While I find great fulfillment with my career I want to start taking care of myself more, but that also means attending professional developments to ensure I have the most up-to-date information to take back and share with my colleagues. Remember, attending these meetings is two-fold. It’s not just for us, but it’s also for our kiddos. I’m sure your saying, “The school I work at already has me doing professional development.” Albeit true, but the passion and knowledge that you contain should be shared with others that do not work with you, that is why networking is another great asset. There are others in the field that could greatly benefit from the knowledge and advice that you bring to the table. This group is an invaluable resource for everyone.
Not to mention this year’s line-up of speakers. Part of the survey asked for what areas were you most concerned with and I was able to take this information and build an incredible line up. I cannot express to you about how excited I am, I know funny right, that the President of a literacy organization is lost for words.
Let’s start the year off right with a bang! Remember if you and another colleague join that’s a discounted rate! So, please encourage your colleagues to join our group. Your memberships help us provide the speakers you know and love. Without your membership, we can’t bring you these literacy opportunities.

Steve Baybo, President