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: Belton High School
School District: Belton School District 124
Grade/Subject taught: High School Mathematics
Years teaching: 21

What is one of your goals for this year?

One of my goals for this year is to use our learning management system, Canvas, more to engage students in learning in and out of the classroom.

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

I am a change agent…in a world where it is okay to say “I’m bad at math” my goal is to change people’s minds about mathematics by making it relevant and fun.                   

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I had a high school Calculus teacher that went above and beyond by building a model of the concept we were learning during his lunch time so I could understand it. I had always liked math, but I knew that I wanted to be able to change lives through my love of it.

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

I have always wanted to be an astronaut, but I would settle for working for NASA.

What is something on your bucket list?

I want to take a cruise through the Panama Canal (which only seem to happen during the school year, so I’ll have to wait for retirement).

What superpower do you wish you had?

Teleportation…I love the thought of blinking my eyes and being anywhere I want to be.