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.

Tiffany Pinzke

School district: Morgan County R-2

School building: Elementary

Grade/subject taught: First Grade

Years in MSTA: 9

What is one of your goals for this year?

My goal is always to be a better teacher this year than I have been in the past. On a personal note, I want to run in a Spartan Race.

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

Captain of Fun Learning

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

My husband, President Trump, Jesus and Aaron Lewis

What is something on your bucket list?

I want to go to Germany and see all the old World War II sites

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

“Perception and Perseverance”, starring either Alicia Vikander or Rhonda Rousey

What’s your favorite school lunch?

I am gluten intolerant, so I can’t eat any school lunches! But if I could, it would be chicken patty.

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

Oh my goodness, I could write a book on this question! I would have to say, a student once told me that God does not live in the clouds, but His storage does!

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

Take a deep breath and relax, it gets easier and one day soon you will be leading the charge!