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: Kennett Public Schools No. 39
School Building: Kennett Middle School
Grade/subject taught: 8th grade Communication Arts
Years in MSTA: 22 years
What is one of your goals for this year?
To improve the writing skills of my students
Without using the words “teacher” or “educator” what would your job title be?
Jack of All Trades…. Teachers are asked to do so much more than teach these days. I have to be counselor, preacher, teacher, social worker, motivator, nurturer, protector, watchdog and in some cases parent-like.
What four people, living or dead, would you like to invite to a dinner party?
My mother. She was the wisest woman I have ever known and I didn’t appreciate her wisdom until she was gone. Martin Luther King Jr. I believe he had such an impact on our nation and given the present state of racial tension, I feel he could offer some solutions on the matter. My brother, Leon Priest. He fought for our country in the Vietnam War as a young man of 20. Unfortunately, he died at war before I was able to know him. Amelia Earhart. She paved the way for all women to spread their wings and fly. I feel she would fight to the end to see her goal achieved. I have the feeling Amelia wouldn’t accept NO for an answer.. sounds like me.
What is something on your bucket list?
I would like to travel to Buckingham Palace.
What would be the name of the movie about your life? Who would it star?
“Sleep is Overrated… I have too much to do!” starring Sally Fields
What’s your favorite school meal?
meatloaf and cream potatoes
What advice would you give to your younger self in your first year as an educator?
Be energetic and bring excitement to your classroom. Do not allow yourself to get so frustrated that you lose your control. Make friends with the janitors, secretaries and cooks. Most importantly, do not make too many rules because rules that are broken have to have consequences.