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.


Jackie St. Clair

School district: Moberly

School building: Gratz Brown Elementary

Grade/subject taught: Library Media Specialist

Years in MSTA: 25 years

What is one of your goals for this year?

One of my goals is to implement several Makerspace stations in our school library.

Without using the words “teacher” or “educator,” what would your job title be?

Pastry Chef

What four people, living or dead, would you like to invite to a dinner party?

Chip and Joanna Gaines, Rachel Hollis, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Grant

What is something on your bucket list?

Retire in Florida

What would be the name of the movie about your life? Who would it star?

“Jackie and Julia,” me, of course and Julia Childs

What’s your favorite school lunch?

I refuse to eat school lunch. I’m a “bring your own lunch” kinda gal.

What’s the funniest thing a student has ever said to you?

A student overheard me saying to another teacher “I have had it!  It’s been an awful day!” That same student said to me later…”Mrs. St.Clair, You need a glass of wine!” I don’t think I ever mentioned that I drink wine to my class. 

What advice would you give to your younger self in your first year as an educator?

Get your certification in library media as soon as possible. I loved being a classroom teacher, but my favorite position has been being a library media specialist.


Central Methodist University