MASS President's Message

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Dr. Mike Perry

MASS President

It is truly a daunting task to write a message to your mentors and peers. As we head into the 2019-2020 school year I know that the range of experience for superintendents in our state vary from the first year, welcome, to close to 40 years, thank you for your service. I feel it a true honor to serve as the president of this amazing organization which is here to help each of us in our unique roles. One of my points of emphasis over the year will be a concentration on self-care. The definition of self-care is any activity done in order to take care of mental, emotional and physical health. What are you doing to take care of you? I was thinking about this concept during a flight this summer. As I was intently listening to the instructions given by the flight attendant about what to do in case of the loss of pressure in the cabin, we all know the spiel, I thought about that process for educators. I know most of you and understand how hard it is to put the oxygen mask on yourself first prior to putting them on the students and teachers that you serve. The nature of those that get into education is always putting others before ourselves and I completely understand but have noticed over the years that too many of our fellow educators struggle with different health related issues and we need to step up and help by encouraging our colleagues to take good care of themselves. At our fall conference in Bozeman we will be hearing about different ways to practice self-care and I look forward to sharing those experiences with you. If there is anything that you feel is important for MASS to look at as an organization, please let me know. Thank you again for the honor of serving and have a fantastic year.

Dr. Mike Perry
MASS President