Brett Hoch, who recently completed his term as MSTA (Missouri State Teachers Association) state president, was recognized by the Washington School Board at its December meeting.

Hoch, a Missouri Options instructor for the school district, completed his term as board president in November. The board provides oversight to the largest teachers’ association in Missouri.

MSTA currently has over 46,000 members.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer said Hoch did a great job representing MSTA and the Washington School District.

“He’s very passionate about what he does,” said VanLeer. “I think Brett may be the first state president from our district, which is quite an honor.”

Board member Scott Byrne commended Hoch on his board service.

“You’re are extremely passionate about education and we’ve been lucky to have you in the MSTA role, as well as our Missouri Options teacher,” Byrne said.

Hoch said he enjoyed serving on the board, which is a basically a four-year commitment. He will now serve as past president.

“I was able to travel all over the state and it really was a spectacular experience,” he said.

Hoch also attended at the Texas state teachers’ convention, which he said was eye-opening. He thanked the district for allowing him the time to fulfill his state duties.