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.

Lori Rush

School district: Platte County R3 Schools

School building: Compass Elementary

Grade/subject taught: 2nd grade

Years in MSTA: 25

What is one of your goals for this year?

To remember why I do what I do… I love teaching kids. Teachers’ plates keep getting loaded with more and more, with nothing ever taken off, and it can be exhausting. It’s important that we take the time to step back and remember why we do what we do.

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

Developmental Manager

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

Johnny Carson, Carol Burnett, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon

What is something on your bucket list?

To have my own food truck!! (or to be an American Ninja Warrior…)

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

“Pet-a-Goat Junction.” The story of a ranch at the junction of 371 & H, where after a long day at school, tired teachers can stop by to relax and pet the goats or maybe even participate in a session of goat yoga. I think my part should be played by Julia Roberts!!

What’s your favorite school lunch?

The hour long lunch we get on a PD day!

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

During a conversation about good reading habits… Mrs. Rush: “Sometimes you can be reading and suddenly realize you have no clue what you just read, right?” Student: “I know! Sometimes I have sugarplums dancing in my head!”

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

Start a journal!!! So many times I wish I would have kept a notebook in my desk drawer to write down the ups and downs, the goods the bads, the funnies and the “I can’t believe a kid just said that!”