Nic Vasquez, Candidate for Vice President

Work history
Trenton R-9, vocal music, grades 9-12, 2004-2005
St. Joseph, general music, grades K-6, 2005-2006
Maryville R-2, vocal music, grades 9-12. 2006-2014
Excelsior Springs, vocal music, grades 6-8, 2014 to present

MSTA volunteer leadership
Legislative committee, Northwest Region, 2010-2014
Northwest Region Board, Northwest Region, 2011-2014
Dues Increase Task Force, Northwest Region, 2013
Educational Policy Committee, Northwest Region, 2014-2015
AB&R Committee, Greater Kansas City, 2015-current

Listen to a podcast interview with Nic Vasquez.

Education is the foundation.

For the progress of a nation, for the enrichment of society, education is paramount. Education is the foundation for the overall development of an individual and a society. From our first days in school through graduation, our school years are the grounding years of our lives. Schools are the institutions that lay the foundation for a child’s development and play a key role in developing children into responsible and society-contributing citizens. Education is the basis of culture and civilization. It is the backbone of society.

Education gives people the skills and tools needed to navigate the world. Without education, people would not be able to read, write, calculate or communicate; they would also not be able to perform jobs competently, accurately and safely. Education is instrumental in the development of values and virtues and teaches people about the world in which they live, including information about history, philosophy and culture.

As educators you play a vital role in cultivating children into mature individuals; individuals capable of planning for the future, provide them insight into living, and how to learn from experience. You provide students with the tools necessary to build social skills, problem solving skills, decision making skills and creative thinking skills. Our membership is bursting with passionate teachers that muster as much enthusiasm about fractions as they do for their favorite sports team, teachers that put in extra hours to help a struggling student understand a difficult concept, teachers that push through rough days when students don’t listen, parents are angry and coworkers can’t agree. Through the daily stresses you make it your mission to provide students with the skills necessary to soar in life and enter the real world in pursuit of their dreams.

As your next MSTA State Vice President I will continue the work that so many before me began. I will continue serving our members, doing all I can to ensure your voice is heard and your needs are met. I will do all I can to lead schools in addressing today’s challenges in the context of emerging trends, approach leadership in a way that involves taking control rather than being controlled, and build a strong culture and shared vision of success. I will continue to inspire our association to achieve our goals and reach new heights, making sure to remember traditions and history while focusing on the bright future of our profession.

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