Unsung Hero: Tillie Winchester

Unsung Hero: Tillie Winchester


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.

Tillie Winchester

School District: Northwest R-1

School Building: Maple Grove Elementary

Grade/Subject Taught: PE K-5

Years teaching: 31

Years in MSTA: 20+

What is one of your goals for this year?

To make lasting relationships with students and parents.

What would make this the Best Year Ever?

Seeing former students and how they turned out and the impact physical education had on their lives.

How did you get involved with MSTA?

Linda Dougherty was our CTA president and she and I just got along and our CTA needed help so I volunteered.

Why did you want to be involved with MSTA leadership?

To help make a difference for our teachers, to better their working conditions, environment and help them get the resources and support they deserve.

How has MSTA helped your career?

I’ve gotten mini grants over the years, they have supported our teachers through thick and thin.  Gave me confidence in the classroom, knowing that they had my back.

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

Just do it!  You won’t regret the friendships and the relationships you build with other teachers, administrators and staff throughout the state of MO.  It’s a way to support  teachers in MO .

What is something on your bucket list?

I want to see the Statue of  Liberty, 9/11 memorial, Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon, drive the east and west coast.

What is something about you that would surprise your students?

I am in the Hall of Fame at University of Central Missouri for Volleyball, since 2000.

How do you like to spend your free time?

Gardening, fishing, boating and helping others.

If you were a baseball player, what would your walk-up song be?

Celebration, happy to be where I am and celebrate life and it’s journey.

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

Empowerment, to empower my students, parents and teachers to become the best they can be no matter the circumstances.  Respect for self and others is so important, especially today.

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