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: Troy R-3
School building: Claude Brown Elementary and Main Street Elementary
Grade/subject taught: 1st through 5th Special Education
Years in MSTA: 12 years
What is one of your goals for this year?
Personally: to continue to work on my diet/exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Professionally: slow down and keep myself organized
Without using the words “teacher” or “educator,” what would your job title be?
Educational Diagnostician/Site Coordinator
What four people, living or dead, would you like to invite to a dinner party?
My dad, Tom Hanks, Justin Timberlake, and Kelly Clarkson
What is something on your bucket list?
What would be the name of the movie about your life?
Mom of Berners!
What’s your favorite school lunch?
What’s the funniest thing a student has ever said to you?
This is hard . . . just recently I was testing a student in Reading for Special Education. He came across the word liberty and said “I know that word from the commercial!” and began to sing the Liberty Mutual song. 🙂
What advice would you give to your younger self in your first year as an educator?
Things may get hard at times but you will get through it and become a better person in the end