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: Lee’s Summit High School
School District: Lee’s Summit R-7 School District
Grade/Subject taught: 10-12 Social Studies
Years teaching: 18th Year

What is one of your goals for this year?

My goal remains the same each year: Build great relationships with students, lead by example, engage my students in culturally relevant learning experiences and meet each student at his or her point of need.

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

I am a mentor.

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is to help students develop the tools needed to think for themselves and then set them free to think and explore history.

If you could see one band/performer, living or dead, in concert, who would it be?

I saw the Beastie Boys and a Tribe Called Quest at Kemper Arena in August of 1998. At the time I thought I would have more opportunities to see the Beastie Boys but with Adam Yauch’s death that isn’t possible. I would love to see the Beastie Boys again.

What superpower do you wish you had?

I wish I had the ability to manipulate time. I wouldn’t want to time travel or change future or past events just the ability to slow down time and enjoy the best moments as they occur because they are often so fleeting.  

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