by Melissa Torres, MAIA Division Manager
I have a confession to make. I know it’s not the best way to begin this column, but I have to get it off my chest. I’m not a school owner. I’m not an instructor. My role at MAIA is to work with our coaches who are school owners. Which is good because I’m not the person you want to call when you’re trying to execute your first summer camp or afterschool program. But I know how to get you in touch with the experts who can help.
Even though I’m not a school owner, I’ve come to know many over the three and a half years I’ve had this position. I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to visit their schools, listen to their stories, and hear about their successes and struggles. I have a good idea of what our owners and instructors want and need to grow their schools.
But so much has changed in the past year. Schools now operate in a drastically different manner because of COVID. Most have instituted virtual classes, but there are a thousand other large and small changes.
MAIA provides resources to help school owners like you. We offer coaching, programs, courses — even the magazine you’re reading right now. But we want to expand the resources that we provide. We’re passionate about assisting even more school owners across the country, helping them better their businesses, building amazing instructors and giving them the tools they need to impact students around the globe.
To do this, we need your help. You are the school owners; you are the instructors; some of you are both plus the janitor and the front-desk worker. You are the ones who know best what you need. I would like to gather ideas from you regarding what you want: content articles, blogs, video tutorials, coaching, resources or whatever.
Are you a brand-new school who needs a checklist of everything you should be doing now to set yourself up for success? Are you a seasoned school owner who’s looking to expand your class schedule or trying to figure out how to serve the adult market? Are you so bogged down with day-to-day tasks that you’re struggling to stay motivated?
We want to know these things so we can tailor our content to you. More than anything, we want to be your go-to resource. We want you to know that you have a team of people in this association who are here to help, people who are fighting on your behalf in the industry while you’re changing the lives of your students.
I created a quick survey to make it easy to submit your thoughts and ideas. Please take a few minutes and fill it out so we know how to better serve you. Thank you in advance and take care!
To complete the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/MAIAContent
To contact Melissa Torres, send an email to [email protected]
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