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: Fordland High School
School district: Fordland R-3
Grade/subject: High school English Language Arts
Years teaching: 25 years

What is one of your goals for this year?

A goal that I have this year is to advocate for Missouri state universities to accept any passing Advanced Placement score for college credit. 

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

I am a passionate individual who believes that all people are innately good if they are given the opportunity to prove it. 

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

When asked what I want to be when I grow up, the answer has always been the same: a teacher. This is partially a result of both of the women I have most admired in life, my mother and my grandmother, being teachers. They were both exceptional human beings who valued education and who believed that they were doing something important every day that they were fortunate enough to enter a school building or spend time with a child. They bred within me a love for learning, for sharing knowledge, and for changing the lives of others. However, my desire to teach is rooted more deeply than just familial expectation or respect. I believe that teaching is a calling, an undeniable request from God to do the one job that you were personally made to do. Without a doubt, I am supposed to be a teacher.

What is something on your bucket list?

An item on my bucket list would be to take a cruise on every possible continent. I am fascinated by the world around me, and would love to be able to see as much of it as possible: to learn about the land, the culture, the history, and the people, and to appreciate the beauty of what we have been given.