Today marks two years for our (no-longer-new) statewide chapter. Two years!
My term as the founding President will also come to a close tonight, and we'll enter a new era with an incredible new leadership team tomorrow morning. I want to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome (and congratulations) to our incoming president, Michelle, our new vice president, Paige, and our new secretary, Maria. I'm also glad to see Lee continuing on as our excellent treasurer. This is a dedicated and talented team, and I am certain we will see great things from them.
As I reflect on the past two years, I can't help but note how far CSTANJ has come. Together, we have created a strong foundation for the future. We have the largest chapter in the nation with a strong set of bylaws. We have successfully organized two CSPD weeks, facilitated all mandatory CSTA requirements, met all our chosen chapter goals, and are now implementing a valuable CS teacher mentorship program. We have been active advocates across the state, supporting teachers in navigating the new certification requirements, and so much more than that. Please forgive me if I forgot to mention something you did. My memory fails me among all of the initiatives we've undertaken.
I want to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you for your unwavering commitment, passion, and hard work these past two years. Our achievements are a testament to the collective efforts and collaboration of this remarkable group of people that I have come to admire and love. I have full confidence in our incoming officers, and I believe that under Michelle's leadership, alongside Paige, Maria, and Lee, CSTANJ will continue to flourish and reach new heights.
As I transition to the role of Past President, I will not disappear. I will absolutely continue to support our organization in any way I can. I am here to assist, advise, and lend a helping hand whenever needed.
So, here's to two years done, and many more to come. Please join me in congratulating the new board and wishing them all the best in their roles. The future of CSTANJ is bright, and I have no doubt that the best is yet to come.
Warmest regards,
Ben Isecke
Past President, CSTANJ