News Release

Two Evangel education majors elected to state SMSTA posts

December 18, 2018 | Paul K. Logsdon


Evangel University students were elected to fill two of four state leadership slots for 2018-2019 in the Student Missouri State Teachers Association ( SMSTA ).

Student MSTA is the pre-professional organization for education majors on Missouri college and university campuses.

Anna “Josie” Gregory from Nixa, Missouri, is a middle school education major and the Evangel SMSTA chapter president.

Madaline Thompson from Barry, Illinois, is an early childhood/elementary education major and serves as the Evangel chapter elementary education representative.

2018-09 Evangel & SMSTA

Those attending the 2018 SMSTA Convention include (L-to-R): Mr. Eddie Noack, assistant professor of education; Katherine Herzog, junior elementary education major; Anna “Josie” Gregory, senior middle school education major; Dr. Peggy Reed, associate professor of education and SMSTA sponsor; Madaline Thompson, senior early childhood/elementary education major; and Christian DiFranco, senior elementary education major. // PHOTO: Provided (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The two were elected as “Ambassadors” for SMSTA at the state convention Nov. 9, 2018, in Columbia, Missouri. The event was held in conjunction with the annual MSTA Convention.

“Eleven university students from across Missouri were nominated by their peers at the convention for these positions,” said Dr. Peggy Reed, associate professor of education at Evangel and chapter sponsor.

“Each nominee presented a two-minute extemporaneous speech describing their contributions to their local SMSTA chapter as well as their qualifications for being a state leader. Following the speeches, convention delegates voted and the four candidates receiving the highest number of votes became the new Ambassadors,” said Reed.

Duties of Ambassadors include attending spring and summer planning meetings, participating in MSTA’s Leadership Symposium in July, and presiding over the Student MSTA State Convention in November 2019.

According to the organization, MSTA nurtures the next generation of teachers by sponsoring a student group at the college level. Members have opportunities for personal and professional growth, development of leadership skills, and participation in professional development at local and state levels.

Evangel education programs

Evangel University offers a variety of education majors for early childhood, elementary, middle school and secondary education students, along with special certification programs for special education and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

All of Evangel’s teacher education programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and are certified by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

In addition, the master’s programs in education leadership, curriculum and instruction, and literacy at Evangel prepare instructors to dive deeper into their chosen area of focus. Evangel also offers a Doctorate of Education in Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction.

For more information, call the department at (417) 865-2811, ext. 8548.

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