Nineteen MSTA members were among the 35 teachers named 2019-20 Regional Teachers of the Year as part of the Missouri Teacher of the Year program through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Each Wednesday, a new profile will be shared online celebrating these outstanding educators. You can see profiles of all 19 MSTA members honored as Regional Teachers of the Year in the Fall 2019 issue of School & Community.

School Building: Macon High School
School District: Macon R-1
Grade/Subject taught: High School English and Introduction to Theatre
Years teaching:  9

What is one of your goals for this year?

While it may seem obnoxious, my main goal is to be “exceptional” in everything that I do. To me, that means going to extra mile everyday. Since I am a last minute person, this goal has already pushed me to be one week ahead of myself in all of the classes that I teach. Being exceptional doesn’t stop there though; it includes little things like voluntarily fixing the copy machine when it’s jammed or bringing coffee to a fellow coworker when they’ve had a rough week. In order to be exceptional, the big AND little things have to matter. 

Describe yourself without using the word “teacher” or “educator.”

I am an aspiring traveler, seeking adventure in all of life’s destinations.  

Describe a moment when you knew you were following your calling.

This last May, our Thespian Troupe hosted their first ever awards night. This was a very big event because the graduating seniors had been involved in the program for their entire high school career. Just when I thought that the night could not have gone more beautifully, I was approached by a mother. 

This mother was a senior mom with whom I had spoken more than once. What she told me at that moment solidified that I was following my calling. 

She thanked me for being a strong woman in her daughter’s life and for showing her child that she was good at something. This mother then told me that she 100% believes that the only reason her daughter is alive today is because of me. 

What career would you like to have if you weren’t a teacher? 

I would want to work for ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I would want to work directly with St. Jude Heroes because in my short time as a Hero, my followers and I have helped to raise over $10,000.

What’s something about you that your students would be surprised to learn? 

When I learned that my followers and I had raised over $10,000 for St. Jude, I signed up to run a full marathon only because I wanted to “out-do” myself. Since $10,000 is a lot of money, I decided I needed to run a lot of miles. 

With that said, training for a marathon and attempting to be exceptional all of the time has proven to be rather exhausting!

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