Dear NASDAE Member States and Partners,
I am pleased and honored to begin my role serving as the NASDAE Chair for the next two years. I know that I have big shoes to fill as I step into this role following Reecie Stagnolia, but I’m fortunate that Reecie will be around for support through his new role as NASDAE’s Immediate Past Chair. I’m also very fortunate to have a dedicated and energetic Board of Directors and a talented Executive Director to work with, so I’m looking forward to an exciting and productive year ahead.
I have worked in the field of adult education for over 30 years as a teacher, local program director, in the state office, and, since July of 2014, as the Arizona State Director of Adult Education. These are truly exciting times for our field as we continue to navigate the multitude of changes and opportunities from many directions. My belief has always been, and continues to be, that when we keep our students at the center of our efforts we will succeed.
As your professional organization, it is NASDAE’s mission to support and advance the state leadership of adult education throughout the states and territories. Further, it is our purpose to respond to the needs of member states through resources and training activities, networking opportunities, and specialized services to develop and support leadership skills. NASDAE has many important initiatives underway that address our mission and purpose, while we continue to explore and plan future resources.
I hope to see you at the National Training Institute in Seattle, October 21-24, 2019. In the meantime, please feel free to communicate with me directly regarding your state’s needs and how NASDAE may be of service.
Sheryl O. Hart
NASDAE Chair, 2019-2021