To: All IAPSS Members
From: J. T. Coopman, Ed. D.
Please allow me to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS). My name is John T. (J. T.) Coopman. I am fortunate and honored to be selected as the new director of this great organization after serving public schools in Indiana for 38 years, 22 years as an assistant superintendent or superintendent. I was also president of IAPSS during the 50 year anniversary celebration and was selected as a district superintendent of the year. Throughout my career, I have felt it was imperative to be an active member of our professional organization and give back to our profession and the organization whenever possible, so it truly is an honor for me to serve in this capacity.
It is my hope to continue the legacy of past IAPSS leaders who have done so much to foster great leadership in Indiana public schools for over 50 years. Over the course of 50 years, we have observed great changes in Indiana public schools with significant changes occurring in the last 10 years. As such, it is perhaps more true today than it has ever been that public schools need strong and visionary leadership. It is my desire to help the members of IAPSS with meaningful professional leadership development, the creation of networking opportunities, mentors, and relationship development that build strong alliances for Indiana public schools that lead to community engagement, high student achievement, recruitment and retention of highly qualified teachers and administrators, and college and career readiness programs. Only through the unity created by the members of IAPSS can we accomplish the necessary leadership to forge appropriately strong public schools as demanded by our constituents.
As you advocate for your school districts, I will act as your advocate to our public and in the statehouse. However, we are only as good as our membership and your active involvement is meaningful and important as we work together for the collectively benefit of Indiana public schools. I urge you to contribute ideas in your IAPSS districts and become active on IAPSS committees as well as attend all IAPSS professional development seminars created by our membership for you. Of course, this is the cornerstone of our organization and we intend to make it meaningful and appropriate for you.
Finally, my job is to represent IAPSS and the membership with the utmost integrity and professionalism as possible. My job is to also represent public education leadership in Indiana as a noble profession committed to the well-being of public schools and public school children as instructional leaders who will serve their communities and the state of Indiana as models for others to follow and respect. My job is to create a unity with other organizations associated with Indiana public schools to stand as one on behalf of children, teachers, and administrators. I look forward to our work together, now and in the future, as we build stronger public education in Indiana. My deepest and sincere thanks to you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you as Indiana School leaders.