CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 17, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University students Ryan Mueller and Virginia Besancenez were recently elected to serve as secretary and public relations coordinator for the Student Missouri State Teachers Association.
The student MSTA is a pre-professional organization for Missouri education majors offering its members personal and professional growth, development of leadership skill, and participation in professional development at local and state levels.
This is the first time Southeast has two students serving in leadership positions with the organization at the same time. Mueller and Besancenez are the second and third students to ever serve at the state level.
Mueller, an elementary education major from Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, currently serves as president of Southeast’s student MSTA organization.
“It’s going to be a challenge between classes and serving at Southeast and the state level but I’m very excited,” he said.
Besancenez, an elementary education major from Ballwin, Missouri, currently serves as the public relations coordinator for Southeast’s student MSTA organization. She says she’s looking forward to serving at the state level.
“I am overjoyed that I was elected,” said Besancenez. “I love that MSTA and the student MSTA make strides to provide students with the best possible education by being a support and resource for future and current educators. I am excited and truly grateful for the opportunity to work and gain experience within the student MSTA.”
Mueller and Besancenez are dependable students and leaders and will bring unique ideas to their new positions, said Dr. R. Larry Bohannon, associate professor of elementary education and sponsor of Southeast’s student MSTA organization.
“I’m very proud of them to take on the initiative to run and serve,” said Bohannon. “I can’t wait to see what they do.”
Mueller and Beasancenez will serve for one year and attend meetings, events and maintain communication with other student MSTA chapters.