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: Hannibal
School building: Mark Twain Elementary
Grade/subject taught: K-5 Music
Years in MSTA: 10
What is one of your goals for this year?
To increase the amount of systemic self-assessment in my class
Without using the words “teacher” or “educator,” what would your job title be?
Bringer of song and dance
What four people, living or dead, would you like to invite to a dinner party?
James Corden, Oprah, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Abraham Lincoln
What is something on your bucket list?
To see a Broadway Musical in New York City
What would be the name of the movie about your life? Who would it star?
“Moments of Levity” starring Drew Barrymore.
What’s your favorite school lunch?
What’s the funniest thing a student has ever said to you?
Kindergartener to Mrs. Webb, “Who cares about your singing? I got moves for days.”
What advice would you give to your younger self in your first year as an educator?
There will never be enough hours in the day, learn to let a few things go.