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.

Jessie Elwell

School district: La Monte R-4

School building: La Monte Elementary and La Monte High School

Grade/subject taught: Library Media Specialist

Years in MSTA: 19+SMSTA

What is one of your goals for this year?

To spend more time with my family.

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

Juggling Plate Spinner

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

My great-grandparents

What is something on your bucket list?

Visiting the rain forest

What would be the name of the movie about your life?

“Survivor-K-12 School Edition”

Who would it star?

Julia Roberts (because, she’s my favorite so why not?)

What’s your favorite school lunch?

Taco Salad

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

I have to giggle every time the little ones look at me so seriously, then address me as Mrs. Elbow.

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

Don’t expect yourself or the students to be perfect – learn and grow together.