Southwest Region Districts
Southwest Region Events
Elizabeth Hailey, Springfield
Lana Moore, Mt. Vernon
Paula Neal, West Plains
Sharon Terry, Retired
Chuck Martin, Bolivar
Southwest Region Board of Directors
Natalie Brazeal, Member at Large, West Plains
Rebecca Proctor, Member at Large, Richland
Diane Gonzales, Member at Large, East Newton
Jeffrey Pettibone, Member at Large, Nixa
MSTA Board of Directors
Lana Moore, Mt. Vernon
Tisha Clawson, Bolivar
Amanda Bradshaw, Mt Vernon
Chuck Martin, State Vice-President, Bolivar
Nickie Jones, State President, Camdenton
In an effort to streamline the award process and reach more members, the Southwest Region implemented a new procedure last year. We are happy to report it resulted in more nominees than ever before. We will continue with the nomination procedure beginning first with the CTA. The process is no longer self-nominating.
CTAs are encouraged to nominate one member in each of the categories. An easy-to-conplete Google Form will be used for each submission. A letter of recommendation will be secured by the CTA on behalf of the nominee. Letters may be requested from any individual, except a current member of the Southwest Board of Directors. The CTA president is not required to write the letter. Upon receipt of the form from the CTA, the nominee will be contacted to provide a brief personal narrative.
The SWRTA Awards Committee will continue to evaluate and score all submissions.
SWRTA will present up to two awards for Educator of the Year : one to an Elementary (Pre-K through 6 th grade) and one to a Secondary (7 th through 12 th grade). Elementary and Secondary Educator of the Year recipients will receive a plaque, $500 and $250 to the educator’s CTA.
Rookie Educator of the Year recipient will receive a plaque and a $250 cash award. Applicants must not have taught more than five years.
The recipient of the Associate Member of the Year will receive a plaque and a $250 cash award.
All nominees must be current members of the state MSTA and local CTA organizations. Educator nominees must be full-time and certified. SWRTA Board of Directors are not eligible to apply for five years after serving on the board. Those who have received an award in a specific category are not eligible to be nominated in that category again.
All applications must be submitted electronically by March 6, 2020.
Please direct any questions or comments to the SWRTA Event Coordinator, Lisa Christianson at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 417-234-7914.
Links to applications:
Southwest Region Teachers’ Association will award one non-renewable $500 scholarship to an educator pursuing a Master’s degree, Specialist’s degree, Doctoral degree, or National Board Certification.
Candidates must present evidence of good character, financial need, and an aptitude for continuing education. The recipient of the scholarship must be enrolled in a college or university and be degree seeking or enrolled in the National Board Certification program. The recipient must also be an MSTA/CTA member and full time employee in the field of education. Members of the Southwest Region Board of Directors are not eligible. Previously awarded individuals are not eligible.
Full and explicit answers to all questions on the application are necessary. There will be no interviews of the applicants. Applications received after the deadline will not be eligible.
The application can be found here: 2020 Scholarship Application
Questions? Please contact SWRTA Event Coordinator, Lisa Christianson, email@example.com or text 417-234-7914
Applications must be submitted by: March 15, 2020
The Southwest Region Board of Directors is excited to offer up to five (5) non-renewable grants in the amount of $500 each to teachers in the region who demonstrate excellence in their classroom.