Recipients of the 2017 Unsung Heroes of MSTA Award were chosen by the MSTA field service coordinators and were celebrated at the annual Convention. 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 people are admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. We will share profiles of the honorees each Monday, Wednesday and Friday in January and February.
Carolyn Puricelli Rhodes
School District: Brentwood School District (Middle/ High School)
Grade/Subject Taught: FACS 6-12
Years Teaching: This is my 31st year teaching all in the same classroom and district
Years in MSTA: I’ve been an MSTA member for 28 years.
What is one of your goals for this year?
My goal this year is to review and revise FACS curriculum for my department by June 1st 2018.
What would make this the Best Year Ever?
This year has been the best in years because of new leadership in central office, and the Brentwood Middle- High School administrators are good visionaries who trust that they have the leader in the classroom to get the job done. I’m trusted as the professional in my field.
Why did you want to be involved with MSTA leadership?
I wanted to get involved in MSTA because we had some political issues going on in our district in the late 1980’s, and I wanted an organization that dealt with state and local concerns. MSTA has given me the opportunity to grow as a leader and contribute to the district as a whole to make this environment the best it can be.
What is something about you that would surprise your students?
My students would be surprised that I was a competitive swimmer who went to state, and I was diagnosed with a learning disability in elementary school, but still worked hard to earn a Bachelor’s degree and a Secondary Counseling Master’s Degree. I worked smart and hard to earn those degrees and I am proud of my accomplishments.
What is something on your bucket list?
As I wind up my career in education my goals will be to travel to my native country Italy and explore the United States.
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