Unsung Hero: Jennifer Graham

2019-01-23T13:23:51+00:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: MSTA People, Unsung Heroes|0 Comments

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.

Jennifer Graham

School district: South Holt R-1

School building: K-12

Grade/subject taught: Special Services K-12 and Elementary Title Math

Years in MSTA: I think I have been a member ever since I started teaching, but not sure. 25 years


What is one of your goals for this year?

A goal I try to have every year is to make a difference in at least one person’s life.

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

Mom, the Enforcer!

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

Jesus, my dad, Sandra Bullock, Betty Meyn, my favorite math teacher throughout school

What is something on your bucket list?

Go on a cruise

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

“A Crazy Life” starring Melissa McCarthy

What’s your favorite school lunch?


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

When saying the pledge one morning, one of my students said “with Elizabeth and Justin for all” at the end and she had no idea that she was saying it wrong. She knew that there were other students that went to school with her by that name so she assumed it was the correct words. When working on a diagram in science one of my students referred to it as her “diaphragm”

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

Don’t stress, you will get it all done! Life is way too short!