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.

Ryan Ruble

School district: Central R-3

School building: West Elementary

Grade/subject taught: 5th Grade math and science

Years in MSTA: 10 years (11 including SMSTA)

What is one of your goals for this year?

Empower students to do what they thought they couldn’t.

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

Kindler of Fires

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

George Carlin, Anthony Bourdain, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Sam Harris

What is something on your bucket list?

Visit Rome, Italy

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

“Embracing the Grind,” starring Jack Black

What’s your favorite school lunch?

Our lunch ladies make a mean “Thanksgiving lunch” every year for students and staff.

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

A few years back, in my science class, we were discussing planets in our solar system and interesting facts about each. We got to Uranus and I made sure to carefully word anything I was about to say. I told the students that many people didn’t know about the rings of Uranus. A student then called out “If your anus has rings then you must not be wiping right.” I couldn’t help but laugh and acknowledge that I was that student in school and I would knock it out of the park if a teacher set it up like that. The best-laid plans of mice and men…

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

You don’t have to win every battle, just the war.

Central Methodist University