Dear Florida League of Middle Schools members:
As I transition into my new role as Executive Director of FLMS, I am excited to work with such a dedicated and hard working Board of Directors. As most educators experienced, the 'Great Recession' took its toll on schools' and related organizations' budgets. FLMS was no exception, yet because of the Board's commitment, the Florida League of Middle Schools is back on track and stronger than ever! I want to recognize our outgoing Executive Director, Dr. Chet Sanders; it was under his leadership that FLMS climbed out from the challenges faced as part of the recession.
I am excited about the future of our organization. Our mission continues to support and advocate for schools and educators of middle grades (5-9) students. Our young students deserve the nurturing and attention that will best prepare them for high school and beyond. Indeed, all middle grades educators must 'lock arms' as we continue to make sense of all the changes including the FSA standards and assessment criteria. The Florida League of Middle Schools is your conduit to colleagues around your regions and the state. I applaud you for associating yourself with FLMS and challenge you to encourage one or two more fellow middle grades educators to join the League.
I look forward to the new school year and working on behalf of all our members. Stay connected with the League and your middle grades colleagues as our work becomes easier and more effective when we work collaboratively and share best practices.
-Steve Frazier, Executive Director of Florida League of Middle Schools