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.

Renee Tankersley

School district: Sedalia Schools No. 200

School building: Parkview Elementary/Sedalia Middle School

Grade/subject taught: 3rd grade/EL and Kindergarten/EL

Years in MSTA: 16

What is one of your goals for this year?

To take more risks and get out of my comfort zone

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


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

Chip and Joanna Gaines, Gary and Mary Young

What is something on your bucket list?

See the Northern Lights

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

“MomLife,” with Jennifer Garner

What’s your favorite school lunch?


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

A kindergartener told me he had a fever during our “corner” time. When I felt his forehead it was burning up. I knew something seemed fishy. After a little investigation I found out he had put his head on the overhead projector light bulb in hopes to go to the nurse.

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

Kids won’t remember the lessons you taught but will remember how you made them feel and the experiences you provided them.