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.

Ron Sikes

School district: Jefferson R-7

School building: Danby-Rush Tower Middle School and Jefferson High School

Grade/subject taught: 6-12 Band

Years in MSTA: 17

What is one of your goals for this year?

To develop and publish a resource for first-year jazz students.

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

Mentor and Organized Chaos Coordinator

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

Prince, Dusty Rhodes, Ken Kesey & President Kennedy

What is something on your bucket list?

To have one match as a pro wrestler

What would be the name of the movie about your life?

“YOLO..and Other Acronyms.”

Who would it star?

Chris Farley

What’s your favorite school lunch?

The smoked turkey Thanksgiving lunch right before the holiday.

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

“Mr. Sikes, my music binder is falling apart. Do you have duct tape I can borrow? Duct tape fixes everything….except my grades.”

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

Enjoy the small successes in the classroom, and make double payments on your student loan.