MAA President's Message
Happy New Year Everyone!
It is truly an honor for me to serve as your 2017 MAA President.
To let you know a little about myself; I started my career in the private sector working in marketing and administration, taking my first government job in 2002 as Zoning Administrator and Assistant Assessor. As you can imagine, it was an eye opening experience but I found that I enjoyed the work of assessing. I obtained my level 1 and 2 certifications before moving on in 2005 to a larger township where I, shortly thereafter, became assessor of record. Since it was a level 3 township, I had to get that level 3 quickly! I still have friendships today that I treasure with those assessors on that same fast track, as we met at every class available.
The lessons I learned and the personal and profession growth that occurred in the next 7 years were invaluable. In 2012, Jackson County had been without an Equalization Director for over a year and so I agreed to take the position with the understanding that I would need to obtain my Masters level certification within a year...are you detecting a pattern here? It was grueling and rigorous but possible through the STC’s first Master Process, and I obtained that certification in the second cohort organized. I grew and stretched personally and professionally through that process. I am indebted to all those assessors who have given their time and shared their experience as instructors and mentors. For this reason, I am also keenly aware of the importance of quality educational opportunities and this will be a primary focus in the coming year. More on that next issue……
Personally, I have been married to my husband Dan, for 37 years. We have 4 amazing kids who are all now married with children of their own. We currently have 10 grandchildren with one on the way, so our lives are full...and busy.
The New Year is a time of reflection. New Beginnings…..New Challenges ……New goals. As you reflect on and plan for the next year, I leave you with this favorite quote:
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it.
~ Mother Theresa
~ Ruth Scott, President