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: Stockton R-1
School building: Stockton High School/Middle School
Grade/subject taught: 5-12 Band, 9-12 Choir
Years in MSTA: 34
What is one of your goals for this year?
Continue growing and learning (and, maybe, sort through my office).
Without using the words “teacher” or “educator,” what would your job title be?
Mentor, Coach, Bandmaster
What four people, living or dead, would you like to invite to a dinner party?
Jack Nicklaus, Harry Truman, John Philip Sousa, and my father, Gordon Manring
What is something on your bucket list?
Visit the Scottish Highlands/Isle of Skye
What would be the name of the movie about your life?
“It’s Here Somewhere” or “Look Who Just Caught Up”
Who would it star?
Jason Alexander with a bit more hair.
What’s your favorite school lunch?
What’s the funniest thing a student has ever said to you?
Tie: “I can’t be in beginning band because I can’t play an instrument” and “Can you fix my horn because Megan threw up in it.”
What advice would you give to your younger self in your first year as an educator?
“Calm down, son, it’s a long trip.”