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.

Trisha Schneider

School district: Nell Holcomb R-4 Cape Girardeau

School building: same

Grade/subject taught: Special Services K-5

Years in MSTA: 21

What is one of your goals for this year?

To be positive and nurturing to students especially those experiencing trauma

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

Kid Wrangler

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

Jesus, my mother, my grandmother, and my eighth-grade teacher,

What is something on your bucket list?

Travel to Europe and Hawaii

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

“It’s My Life,” starring Sally Field

What’s your favorite school lunch?

Our wonderful Thanksgiving Lunch- turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and all the trimmings

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

With profanity or without? Well, one student referred to me as Satan’s wife.

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

Take care of yourself so you can take care of your students.