Time for Change

Dear Friends of AMAZE,

For the past 13 years, I have had the incredible privilege of working alongside dedicated board, staff, community, and task force members to see that, as an organization, AMAZE would grow into a national leader in anti-bias education. It has been a true labor of love to serve as its Executive Director, but the time has come for me to step down.

As our youngest child soon leaves the nest and as opportunities have presented themselves, I’ve decided to focus my energies on different things that bring me passion and energy. I will continue with AMAZE, but as Manager of Special Programs, which means I will manage the training and work we do around organizational equity outside of education. I have found such joy doing this work through our partnership with Racial Equity MN Network and feel this is the best place for me now. At the same time, I have taken on the theatre program at Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul where I teach two theatre classes (one focusing on social justice) and direct shows. This work I get to do with my husband, like the work we have been doing at the St. Paul JCC with the All Children’s Theatre Program.

Since I became a part of AMAZE in 2006, we have made incredible strides in bringing anti-bias education to schools and childcare programs across the nation. Together we’ve created 6 new curricula and a beautiful line of Persona Dolls; become a regular provider of workshops at several national education conferences; provided equity training for government, faith-based, corporate, community, and nonprofit organizations; and become a leader in educational equity. Our programs and materials are now used in at least 35 states and 3 countries. I am so proud of the quality of our work and heartened by the passion and commitment our staff continues to bring every day.

Luckily for AMAZE, one of our incredible staff members, Rebecca Slaby, is taking over as Executive Director. Rebecca joined us a year and a half ago as our Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She is nothing short of brilliant and will certainly take this organization to the next level. I am thrilled that we get to work together in this new capacity and will do everything I can to support her as she takes on her new role.

Our board is planning a Passing of The Torch event for some time in April or May, so expect an invitation. I hope you will join us to welcome Rebecca and maybe reminisce about our work together over the last 13 years. We couldn’t have done any of this without YOU.

Yours truly,

Nancy Michael

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