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: Gasconade County R-2
School building: Owensville High School
Grade/subject taught: 10-12 Weight Training and Aerobics; 9-12 New Options, Credit Recovery, and ISS
Years in MSTA: 8
What is one of your goals for this year?
One of my goals for this year is to help all the students in New Options to pass their classes so they don’t have to retake them in the future.
Without using the words “teacher” or “educator,” what would your job title be?
What four people, living or dead, would you like to invite to a dinner party?
Blake Shelton for music and comedy. Shonda Rhimes because I love all the series she writes on TV. J.K. Rowling because she wrote my favorite book series, Harry Potter. And of course my husband Nick to enjoy the whole thing with.
What is something on your bucket list?
Travel to Italy to enjoy the culture and wine.
What would be the name of the movie about your life? Who would it star?
“Climbing the Ladder,” starring Carrie Underwood
What’s your favorite school lunch?
The Thanksgiving lunch we serve on Veteran’s Day every year to honor our veterans who come to our assembly.
What advice would you give to your younger self in your first year as an educator?
Don’t give up, even if you feel as though you aren’t reaching them today, you’re making a larger impact than they are willing to show you right now.