The MSTA Board of Directors welcomes three new members: Paulette Baker, Kezia Bohanon and Chuck Martin.
Paulette Baker, Marshall Public Schools, Central Region, has been a member of MSTA since 2005. She is at Marshall Public Schools for her 13th year, currently as the pre-K to second-grade instructional coach. Prior to becoming coach, she was a Title 1 reading teacher, but began at Marshall as a first-grade teacher. She spent her first nine years in education in multi-grade classrooms at Hardeman R-10, and her 10th year was in Sedalia as a middle school math teacher.
Baker is in her first term as her CTA’s president, and has served as vice president for many years. She says she has attended many region and state events over the years to grow in her profession and as a positive member for her CTA.
As an MSTA board member, she says she wants to learn ways to build and grow local CTAs and have them become more active in leadership and legislation through MSTA.
She is married to Robin Baker who works in the fertilizer industry. They have 19-year-old twins: Haley is pursuing a degree in agronomy and precision agriculture at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. She is active in Sigma Alpha, shooting sports and equestrian activities. Evan is pursuing a degree in biology and conservation at Missouri Valley College in Marshall. Baker says he is a competitive archer who spends many hours with his bow at the range practicing and at competitions all over the United States.
In her spare time, she says she can be found next to an arena cheering on her daughter at a horse show or at the range watching her son shoot archery. She says she also enjoys time cooking and baking and trying out new recipes. In addition, she and her husband have competed in a couple local barbecue contests.
Kezia Bohanon, North Kansas City Schools, Greater Kansas City Region, has been an MSTA member since 2010. She has been a classroom teacher for 14 years, and started her teaching career in the Kansas City Kansas Public School District. She is in her ninth year in North Kansas City Schools and teaches sixth grade at the new Gateway Sixth Grade Center.
She has been active in her CTA since 2010, serving as the membership chair, vice-president, president, and currently secretary. She says she also had the honor to serve on the Greater Kansas City Regional board as vice-president, president, and past president.
She says she is looking forward to serving as an MSTA board member and getting to know the organization at an even deeper level.
“I am proud to say that I am a product of the same district in which I currently teach and live,” she says. She and her husband, Frank, have four children. Their oldest, Caitlynn graduated from North Kansas City High School in the class of 2018 and is a freshman pre-med major at Washington University in St. Louis. Jacob, 15, is a sophomore at North Kansas City High School and just recently earned his rank of Eagle Scout. Cole is a fifth grader and Bohanon says he keeps them busy as he competes with his gymnastics team and swimming. Julia, fourth-grade, loves swimming and crafting. In Bohanon’s spare time, she is working on her education specialist degree in administration, but says she loves reading, “put me by a pool and it is even better!”
Chuck Martin, Bolivar School District, Southwest Region, has been a member of MSTA since 1993. This is his 25th year teaching middle school, and he teaches sixth-grade science at Bolivar Middle School. He has been involved in his local CTA for several years, serving as president-elect and president. On the regional level, he has served on the audit committee and is currently the president.
As an MSTA board member, his goals include to “represent those I represent well, and assist members as needed.”
He and his wife, Jamie, have been married for 22 years and have four children: Clay, 20, student at the University of Arkansas; Paige, 18, a senior at Bolivar High School; Lathan, 15, a freshman at Bolivar High School; and Seth, 13, a seventh-grader at Bolivar Middle School.
In his spare time, Martin says he likes the outdoors, such as hunting and fishing, and enjoys watching his children and supporting them in all their athletics.