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: Northeast Nodaway Elementary
School District: Northeast Nodaway Co. R-5
Grade/Subject taught: 4th
Years teaching: 23

What is one of your goals for this year?

One of my goals this year is to really reinforce the idea that engineers help people. In order to do that, I have asked all of the teachers in my building to send me a problem they have. I’m going to have my fourth graders interview them and see if they can create and 3D print an item that will help. For example, the school nurse needs something to mount on the wall to hold an Epipen.

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

I am an adventurer

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I decided to become a teacher when one of my classmates suggested it. I was tutoring him, and he said, “I think you would make a great teacher.”

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

If I wasn’t a teacher, I would be either a veterinarian or an astronaut.

What’s your favorite school lunch?

My favorite school lunch is taco in a bag.

What is something on your bucket list?

I have many places in the United States and abroad that I would love to visit.

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

I would love to see the Beatles in concert.

What superpower do you wish you had?

I would love to be able to fly.

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

I’m a pretty open book, so I’m not sure what would surprise my students. However, every year I have some boys in my class who are surprised to learn that I enjoy hunting.