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: Hillcrest High School
School District: Springfield Public Schools
Grade/Subject taught:  Family Consumer Science
Years teaching:  11

What is one of your goals for this year?

Building strong, lasting relationships with students in an environment where they feel safe & loved.

Why did you decided to become a teacher?

I had tremendous teachers growing up who loved me through hard times and helped me find my potential. 

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

I have vast knowledge of 90’s Hip Hop