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A Message from Lori Brennan, MPE President

New Year, New Beginnings…

We are halfway there! And I’m sure many of us are “living on a prayer.” It has been a very eventful, crazy-busy year for me and I know many of you feel the same way. We are entering a new year, a new decade, and there are changes being made. We have new leadership in the state legislature and I am ready to see what 2020 has in store for us!

When I joined MPE fifteen years ago, I really joined it for the liability insurance and legal protection that members receive. My husband was a new teacher and I wanted to make sure we were both protected against anything that might come about. However, all these years later, I am so thankful that I joined…and I have never used either of those benefits! We received one of our weekly emails and in it was information about our annual convention (as it was called back then) that would take place on a weekend that we were already going to be in Jackson, so we decided, “Why not?” That was the BEST impulsive decision I believe I have ever made. The plethora of information that we received in those eight hours was invaluable. When we left that day, my husband told me that he’d be interested in attending again. All of these years later, I think we have missed one symposium and that was due to illness.

This year, our symposium will be on April 4, with Todd Whitaker as our Keynote speaker. Jim and I will celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary with MPE members because neither of us wants to miss it! If you’ve never been, consider joining us this year. Symposium is a great place to learn new things, meet new people, and support each other. It is definitely something that should be on your to-do list!

This new year and this new legislative session, MPE is planning to work closely with our leaders to advocate for public education. Kelly’s weekly emails during the session will keep us well informed of the happenings regarding teachers and education, so make sure you read those on Fridays. The best way to shape the future of public education is to stay informed and continue doing what you are doing—creating well-educated students who will become our leaders.

Given that education was such a hot topic during the election, I believe that we need to keep our profession in the forefront. Many ran on campaign promises for teacher raises and education funding. It is now time to hold our legislators to those promises. I plan to stay in contact with my local representatives and I hope you will too. They have heard us and we need to make sure they continue to hear us.

As you begin this second half of the school year, continue to ”do your best you.” Our students are counting on us to finish strong and we are teachers…Strong is our middle name. I am looking forward to seeing all of you at Symposium!