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.

Jill Ambrose

School district: Lebanon R-3

School building: Lebanon High School

Grade/subject taught: English I, Honors English I, English IV, Literary Adaptations

Years in MSTA: 20 as professional, two as SMSTA


What is one of your goals for this year?

To build a new senior English class- Historical Fiction

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

Chance giver, experience maker, and thought provoker

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

My grandma, Fred Rogers, Harper Lee, Denzel Washington

What is something on your bucket list?

To go on vacation to Crete, Greece, and see where my husband lived as a child.

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

“A Thousand Hats”- it would star my husband and me because we are involved in a lot of different activities

What’s your favorite school lunch?

the Thanksgiving meal

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

A pronoun…that’s a professional noun, right??

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

Take time for yourself and your family. The school will be there tomorrow.