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.

Kelci Weter

School district: Southern Boone County R-1

School building: Elementary

Grade/subject taught: 5th Grade Reading and Writing

Years in MSTA: 10

What is one of your goals for this year?

Continue to use and incorporate the most enhanced technology in my classroom.

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

lifelong learner

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

My 3rd grade teacher, Gerry Brooks, my husband and best friend.

What is something on your bucket list?

Travel to Hawaii

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

“The Destiny of the Heart,” featuring Julia Roberts

What’s your favorite school lunch?

Baked Potato Bar

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

I used to have a picture of my youngest daughter framed in my classroom. The photo was Christmas themed with Joy written in the backdrop.  One of my students thought that my daughter’s name was Joy. For the rest of the year, that is what we (my class and I) called my daughter!