Will you indulge me for a moment and allow me to share my personal recommendation for one of the nominees for President-Elect?
Let me introduce you to Karen Thickstun, a face you may recognize! If you’re a member of MTNA, you may know her as:
- Author of the tri-annual business column “It’s
None ofall Your Business” in MTNA’s American Music Teacher Magazine.
- Member of MTNA’s Board of Directors, most recently as Vice President of Membership (2015-2017) and Secretary-Treasurer (2013–2015).
- A frequent presenter at MTNA National Conferences on topics related to business and teaching.
Karen is a friend and fellow colleague on the Indiana MTA Board of Directors. She has served our state in a plethora of roles including as state president, trustee chair, and her current role on Arts Advocacy and Awareness, to name only a few.
In 2002, she was honored with our state’s Distinguished Service Award, (given infrequently), and in 2008 was awarded Teacher of the Year.
I don’t want to simply state all of her qualifications, as you can read more on her and the other candidates here.
Let me just make this statement:
Karen is the kind of person that creates impact. She has been a wonderful mentor and trusted advisor not only to her students but to all my fellow colleagues who have taken on the role of state President. She’s our go-to girl.
If we’re unsure of something, we go to Karen.
If we need advice for a situation, we go to Karen.
If we need a second opinion, we go to Karen.
If we need a history of the association, we go to Karen.
Karen Thickstun embodies everything you would want to see in an MTNA President and more.
I wrote about her in a post here on Piano Pantry back in 2017. Check it out
If you haven’t yet exercised your right to vote, it will take place through 3:00 pm, EST, on March 1st. You may cast your vote here.
*Disclaimer: Please know that this post is of my own free will. All statements and opinions are mine only. Every nominee placed on the slate is of high quality and would serve MTNA with excellence. This is simply my personal plug for a friend and colleague.