Recipients of the 2017 Unsung Heroes of MSTA Award were chosen by the MSTA field service coordinators and were celebrated at the annual Convention. The award recognizes those who have made a substantive, yet unrecognized, contribution to MSTA and our mission to advocate for and empower public educators so they can teach. These people are admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. We will share profiles of the honorees each Monday, Wednesday and Friday in January and February.
Amber L. Redburn
School District: West Plains R-7 School District
School Building: West Plains Middle School
Grade/Subject Taught: Paraprofessional within a Self Contained SPED Classroom
Years Teaching: 13 years
Years In MSTA: 12 years
What is one of your goals for this year?
One of my goals for this 2017-2018 School Year was to continue to help my student that I am a one on one with to continue to grow, gain more confidence, be more responsible for his self, and be more able to take care of his self, too. Also, to work and encourage these same principles with other students in our classroom.
What would make this the Best Year Ever?
To make this 2017-2018 School Year even better is the End Result of the Year. Due to the teamwork and effort put in by our staff within our classroom this year I look forward to seeing the progress of each student at the End.
How did you get involved with MSTA?
I got involved in MSTA due to being a Registered Nurse by trade. I was very involved at the local and state level in my Nursing Association(Missouri Nurses Association), so when I was hired as a Paraprofessional I knew I had to be involved in MSTA(my Dad and my Sister are retired Missouri Educators–members of MSTA. My Dad was involved locally for his CTA here at West Plains back in the 1970’s-President and involved in MSTA at the State due to being a President of our CTA here.
Also, after becoming a member I was asked to be a MSTA Representative for our Elementary which I still serve in that capacity. I accepted the position to be more involved in the District and encourage the Paraprofessionals within our District to be more involved too! Later, I was asked to full fill the position that had not expired on the MSTA Education Policy Committee and with my bosses blessings I accepted the position. I Love being involved with MSTA at the local and state level!!
How has MSTA helped your career?
MSTA has helped me in my career to be more aware of what is happening in our state with Education and due to me being informed I can relay this information to our District employees which helps them to be more empowered in doing their jobs.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to become more involved with MSTA?
I would Highly encourage All Missouri Educators whether they are Paraprofessionals or Teachers to be more involved in MSTA, because being involved can help you to be a more confident employee in dealing with Education issues within your own School District. It can empower you!
What is something on your bucket list?
My Main item on my Bucket List is to sit in the St. Louis Cardinals Broadcast Booth, with Mike Shannon and John Rooney, doing the baseball play by play for an entire St. Louis Cardinals Game in Busch Stadium!
What is something about you that would surprise your students?
My age..54 years old and I look like I am in my 20’s or 30’s!
How do you like to spend your free time
When I have free time..going to West Plains Zizzer Sporting Events..Zizzer Football and Zizzer Basketball(Boys and Girls). Also, I enjoy scrapbooking for our son and Coach Ary(Zizzer Football Coach).
What is your favorite school lunch?
Favorite School Lunch–Cheeseburger and Fries(fruit/salad on the side).
If you were a baseball player, what would your walk-up song be?
The Zizzer Fight Song (played instrumental only before each of our Zizzer Football Games!
If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
I am an Registered Nurse by trade with 11 years of Orthopedic Background and due to [my son] Corby’s dwarfism I wish my superpower could be to completely reverse Corby’s short arms and legs to normal height like his peers.
Luckily, my nursing background and love for education greatly benefited Corby and as a result he is a very independent, fine upstanding young man in West Plains. Also, a Credit and a Thank You to All the Employees of the West Plains R-7 School District who came in contact with or worked with him during his school years from Kindergarten through 12th Grade to help him grow and propelled him to where he is today!
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