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.

Laurie Sullivan

School district: Springfield Public Schools

School building: Hillcrest High School

Grade/subject taught: 10-12; AP Literature, Composition and Grammar, English II, Introduction to Speech

Years in MSTA: 11

What is one of your goals for this year?

To master (or survive) teaching an online AP Literature class

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

Learning Leader  OR She-who-juggles-motivates-empathizes-teaches-advises-evaluates-encourages-reprimands-loves and drinks coffee.

What is something on your bucket list?

A writing trip to England with my MSU pals

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

“Drama Mama’s Joyful Journey,” Tina Fey

What’s your favorite school lunch?


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

Actually, when I was 21, I observed the discontent and cynicism of several faculty members in the Teachers’ Lounge. I prayed that if I ever became that person that God would: a) help me to see it, and b) provide me a way of escape. Thirty-one years later I can truly say, I love what I do in spite of politics and the yo-yo effect of educational initiatives!!