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: Maplewood Richmond Heights
School building: High School
Grades 9-12; Algebra I, Geometry, AP Calculus
Years in MSTA: 23 as an educator, 4 in Student MSTA
What is one of your goals for this year?
Our focus at MRH this year is Differentiated Instruction. I want to ensure that all students are engaged in the learning process by providing tasks that match each student’s individual needs.
Without using the words “teacher” or “educator,” what would your job title be?
Facilitator of math instruction.
What four people, living or dead, would you like to invite to a dinner party?
My mom, my husband, my best friend, and President Trump. What a conversation we would have!
What is something on your bucket list?
Travel to Australia
What would be the name of the movie about your life? Who would it star?
“Swimming Upstream” – because most days this feels like what I am doing. Teaching takes a lot of hard work, but it is very rewarding.
What’s your favorite school lunch?
Sorry – I don’t eat school lunch now, but in high school it was rectangular pizza.
What’s the funniest thing a student has ever said to you?
It’s not what was said, but once a student submitted an entire vocabulary project for geometry in Spanish. She didn’t realize she was copying from the Spanish dictionary and not the English dictionary.
What advice would you give to your younger self in your first year as an educator?
Set high standards and show students how to meet them. Find something to connect to each student on their level and really talk to them about that topic. Be strict but caring.