Unsung Hero: Lauren Mertz

Unsung Hero: Lauren Mertz


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.

Lauren Mertz

School District: City of St. Charles School District

School Building: Lincoln Elementary School

Grade/Subject Taught: K-4 Remedial Reading

Years teaching: 26

Years in MSTA: 26

What is one of your goals for this year?

Share more with parents and families about the amazing learning happening at Lincoln Elementary.

What would make this the Best Year Ever?

This year would be the Best Year Ever if all my students saw themselves as readers and learners.

How did you get involved with MSTA?

I was a member of S-MSTA in college.  It was a natural decision to join MSTA and become involved.

Why did you want to be involved with MSTA leadership?

A fellow MSTA member encouraged me to become involved with MSTA leadership. She told me it would be a great opportunity become involved and grow as a leader.

How has MSTA helped your career?

Being involved in leadership in our local CTA have given me opportunities to serve on district level committees.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to become more involved with MSTA?

There are many ways you can become involved in MSTA. Let your local CTA leaders know that you are interested in becoming involved. Attend the statewide convention to see the impact MSTA members are having across the state.

What is something on your bucket list?

Travel internationally

What is something about you that would surprise your students?

I got sent to the principal’s office when I was in first grade. It was so scary.

How do you like to spend your free time?

Reading, photography, attending my son’s sporting events

What is your favorite school lunch?

Turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy

If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

I would have super human speed to help more kids open juice and other breakfast items on the days I have breakfast duty.

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