Alpha Henry joined MSTA staff in February, working in the Accounting Department as an Accounts Receivable specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Biblical Literature from Ozark Christian College and previously worked as an administrative assistant at a church, in human resources and accounts payable and as a paraprofessional at Pioneer Trail Elementary. Originally from Jefferson City, she and her family lived in San Antonio, Texas and Wilmington, Illinois before returning to Missouri in 2020.

Why MSTA? I love that MSTA is an organization that helps and supports teachers. Since my children started school, I have always looked for ways to help their classroom teachers. During my time as a paraprofessional, I really was able to see first-hand the challenges and joys of being in the classroom. I believe that teachers have the power/influence to change lives and encourage students in furthering their education. MSTA is an opportunity to continue to support the teachers in my community and throughout Missouri.

What have you learned so far at MSTA? I have been learning a lot about accounts receivable and the opportunities MSTA provides for training. Also, I have met many amazing people already and am excited to continue to get to know the staff and members of MSTA.

What’s a fun fact about you? I play the violin and acoustic guitar. I started playing violin in 5th grade at school and still enjoy playing. I began learning acoustic guitar in college.

What do you like to do for fun? I like to spend time with my family. My husband and I enjoy taking our boys on family adventures to explore new or historical places or try something new. We also love spending time playing board games, shooting hoops, and going to their athletic and music events. We know this time is precious and will be gone before we know it.




This summer, Kari Nolting stepped into the role of Member Service Coordinator. Born and raised in Rosebud, Kari has lived in the area all her life. She developed an interest in education at a young age and pursued her dream of becoming a teacher. Kari earned her Associates of Art degree from East Central College in 2009 then went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree from Maryville University in St. Louis in 2011. After completing her undergraduate studies, Kari continued her education and earned her Masters in Educational Administration from William Woods University in 2014. Her career in education includes over 12 years of teaching experience in the Owensville area. She started as an 8th-grade Social Studies teacher, then moved on to teach Physical Education and Health. Kari later worked in the ISS/Alternative room, providing support and guidance to students who needed additional attention and assistance. For the past year, she has served as principal of Cuba High School. Outside of work, Kari enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and volunteering in her community.

Why MSTA? I LOVE this organization and the support MSTA gives to teachers. It is amazing to see how MSTA supports education professionals in navigating their careers.

What do you look forward to learning at MSTA? I look forward to learning more about the political decisions that are made about education and how I can help our legislators make decisions that will benefit public education. My goal for a 2nd career is to be a state legislator.

What’s a fun fact about you? In high school, I competed in a World Sports Acrobatics competition in Paris, France.



Maddy Johnson joined MSTA as a Member Service Coordinator this summer and is excited to bring her expertise into the role. She grew up in Lake Lotawana and earned a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education from the University of Central Missouri. Maddy later completed the University of Missouri Fellowship program where she received her Master of Education in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum. She is currently working towards her doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on Educational Technology from Liberty University Online. She began her career teaching first grade in Kansas City during her fellowship year and has taught fourth grade at Lone Jack Elementary for the past six years.

Why MSTA? No matter the MSTA experience - from Convention to Central Region events to Education Policy Committee meetings - I always leave feeling excited, refreshed and re-energized about education. I want to be more involved in making other educators feel that way!

What do you look forward to learning at MSTA? I look forward to learning about my members and the districts I will be supporting.

What’s a fun fact about you? I am a black belt in Karate!