To the editor,
As a lifelong educational leader, it was a privilege to work in Hastings for 29 years as a teacher and a principal.
For the final three years of my career I was the superintendent of ISD 917. Although I have recently retired, I remain informed about the ongoing challenges in public education, and the needs of the community of Hastings.
Kelsey Waits is the right leader at the right time for our children, our schools and our community.
Waits has proven her capacity to lead in tough times by balancing the need to be both data based and human centered.
On a personal level she is empathetic, listens deeply and leads courageously.
She focuses on the exhaustive details of the moment without losing site of the broader vison.
Professionally, her communication skills, knowledge of school operations and composure in challenging circumstances are unparalleled.
Collaboration is at the center of her servant leadership style. It is natural that her leadership and networking throughout the community extends well beyond the school walls.
She knows that it ‘takes a village to raise a child,’ because she is a village leader.
She has consistently illustrated her openness to new thoughts. She hears new ideas, and balances them with her broad experience, education, and keen sense of community needs.
She knows that systemic change occurs at the many levels; including community, state and federal law, policy and procedural, and the personal level.
I will be voting for Waits, Gergen and Miller.
Mark A. Zuzek