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: Fox C-6
School building: Meramec Heights Elementary
Grade/subject taught: K-5 School Counselor
Years in MSTA: 14
What is one of your goals for this year?
Integrate self-care and mindfulness techniques into my daily routine
Without using the words “teacher” or “educator,” what would your job title be?
Passionate, Caring and Supportive Counselor to students, parents and staff
What four people, living or dead, would you like to invite to a dinner party?
Jesus, Eric Dane, Sandra Bullock and my grandparents
What is something on your bucket list?
Go to Italy and travel Europe
What would be the name of the movie about your life? Who would it star?
“Beautiful Affliction,” starring Sandra Bullock
What’s your favorite school lunch?
I rarely eat school lunch but I would say Chicken Patty
What’s the funniest thing a student has ever said to you?
“Uhhhh…Your pants are broke” (I was wearing a pair of distressed jeans)
What advice would you give to your younger self in your first year as an educator?
If you don’t take care of yourself, you will not be your best to take care of others that need you.