Nickie Jones – Candidate for Vice President

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Nickie Jones for MSTA Vice President

Nickie Jones
BIOGRAPHY
Work history
Camdenton R-3, High School English Language Arts, 2012-present
Laclede Co. R-1 (Conway), High School English Language Arts, 1997-2012
Laclede Co. R-1 (Conway), Speech-Language Implementer, 1994-1997
Lebanon R-3, Paraprofessional, 1993-1994
Richland R-4, High School Business/English Language Arts, 1990-1992MSTA volunteer leadership
STATE
Board of Directors, 2011-present
Friends of Bunker Hill Board President, 2013-present
Legislative Impact Board, 2006-11
Public Relations Committee, 2004-05
TEPS Committee, 2003-04
**Outstanding MSTA Overall Member of the Year, 2006-2007
**Delegate to State Convention–19 years
**Represented CTA at Leadership Symposium–17 yearsREGION
Southwest Region Board of Directors, 2011-present
Southwest Region Past President , 2007-08
Southwest Region President, 2006-07
Southwest Region President-Elect, 2005-06
Southwest Region Vice President , 2004-05
Southwest Region Board of Directors, 2002-08
Regional Legislative Impact Committee, 2000-08
Southwest Region Credentials Committee, 1999-2000LOCAL
Camdenton CTA Past President, 2014-2017
Camdenton CTA President , 2013-2014
Conway CTA President, 2008-09, 2002-03, 1999-2000
Conway CTA Membership Chair, 2001-12
Conway CTA Secretary, 2000-02
Conway CTA Vice President, 1998-99

BE THE CHANGE

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” These words have widely been attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. But as it turns out, his words have been paraphrased. The actual quote is as follows:“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” (Mahatma Gandhi)The last line especially resonates with me. I’ve tried to teach my own children that we can’t control what others do, only how we react to what they do. However, if we follow the suggestion of Gandhi, we should be proactive rather than reactive. We can influence the actions and decision of others by projecting the image we desire.While the full quote is beautiful and profound, I prefer the first version. It’s simple and straight to the point. Both quotes have the same essential meaning: the world reflects your attitudes. Therefore, if you want to make a change, be sure that you are projecting the change you desire.In education, if we want others to see us as empowered, impassioned professionals advocating for our students, we have to be sure that we are projecting that image. Only then will we be taken seriously by our legislators and outside forces who strive to tear down what we’ve worked so hard to build.My MSTA leadership experience has taught me to be more outspoken in my beliefs and to be more vocal with those who oppose us. That’s what I want to project as your next MSTA Vice President. I want to mirror the vision and mission of MSTA and reflect that image to everyone I meet.The lyrics to a popular 1987 Michael Jackson song resonate with me, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change…I’m starting with the man in the mirror.” Serving as your next MSTA Vice President will provide me the opportunity to “be the change” I want to see in the world of education.VIDEO
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