Nic Vasquez – Candidate for President-Elect


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Nic Vasquez for MSTA President-Elect
Nic Vasquez
Work history
Trenton R-9, vocal music, grades 9-12, 2004-2005
St. Joseph, general music, grades K-6, 2005-2006
Maryville R-2, vocal music, grades 9-12, 2006-2014
Excelsior Springs, vocal music, grades 6-8, 2014 to present

MSTA volunteer leadership

Legislative committee, Northwest Region, 2010-2014
Northwest Region Board, Northwest Region, 2011-2014
Educational Policy Committee, Northwest Region, 2014-2015
AB&R Committee, Greater Kansas City, 2015-2016
President, Excelsior Springs CTA, 2016-2017


A great teacher has the power to change a student’s life. There are countless stories that speak to the benefits of a strong relationship between a teacher and a student. It is not always easy to change a student’s life, which is why it takes an excellent teacher to do so. Some students just need a small academic nudge while others may be going through something troubling in their personal lives and need someone to talk to. Whatever the student needs to help them excel, a life-changing teacher will be there for them.When we choose to SERVE the greater good, we are often met with trials and obstacles. Even in the most difficult of times we must be reminded that the giving of oneself in service is more than a responsibility; it is a privilege. When you submit to something larger than yourself, you realize your true potential and find real happiness through service to others. As educators we LEAD with a servant’s heart. A leader is someone who thinks of new ways of doing things and is an example for others. A leader is motivated by their desire to see everyone succeed and to keep evolving to new levels of understanding.Finally, as educators, we INSPIRE students. Ensuring their success and encouraging them to fulfill their potential is an integral part of our profession. Inspiration can take many forms, from helping students through the academic year and their short-term goals, to guiding them towards their future career. Years after graduation, many working professionals will still cite a particular teacher as the one who fostered their love of what they currently do and attribute their accomplishments to that educator. As your next MSTA State President-Elect, I will continue the work that so many before me began. I will continue serving our members, doing all I can to ensure your voice is heard and your needs are met. I will do all I can to lead schools in addressing today’s challenges in the context of emerging trends, approach leadership in a way that involves taking control rather than being controlled, and build a strong culture and shared vision of success. I will continue to inspire our association to achieve our goals and reach new heights, making sure to remember traditions and history while focusing on the bright future of our profession.