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.

Misty Pitts

School district: Willow Springs

School building: Elementary

Grade/subject taught: 3rd

Years in MSTA: 15 years

What is one of your goals for this year?

To be less of a procrastinator!

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


What is something on your bucket list?

To visit every National Park in America.

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

Reese Witherspoon – Not sure the movie title.

What’s your favorite school lunch?

Pizza Dippers/Salad

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

Don’t sweat the small stuff, because it will all still be there tomorrow. Also, someday you will better understand this parent when you become a parent yourself.