Recipients of the 2018 Unsung Heroes of MSTA Award are chosen by the MSTA field service coordinators. The award recognizes those who have made a substantive yet unrecognized contribution to MSTA and our mission to advocate for and empower public educators so they can teach. These recipients are admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
Some factors of consideration for selecting these individuals may include: • Individual leadership style • Understanding of MSTA’s mission • Actions which reflect MSTA’s mission • Commitment and follow through to the leadership role and CTA • Service beyond the CTA to children, their school district, the community, or MSTA. • Interpersonal and communication skills. • Creative thinking and problem solving. • Ability to handle crisis or extreme circumstances in their role as CTA leader.
School district: Willow Springs R-4
School building: Elementary
Grade/subject taught: 2nd
Years in MSTA: 15
What is one of your goals for this year?
One of my goals is to create well-rounded students this year.
Without using the words “teacher” or “educator,” what would your job title be?
Elementary teachers have so many different jobs every day!! Student organizer, task manager, office technician, nurse, counselor, and the endless list of responsibilities! But it is so worth it! 🙂
What is something on your bucket list?
I love to travel! My personal goal is to take my kids to all 50 states before they graduate. We are checking them off the list and I think we are going to accomplish this goal!
What’s your favorite school lunch?
My favorite school lunch is grilled cheese and tomato soup.
What’s the funniest thing a student has ever said to you?
So hard to name just one! My students crack me up every day!
What advice would you give to your younger self in your first year as an educator?
I would say not to stress too much. (It will all come together in the end.)