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About Mrs. Stephens

       I consider it an honor and huge responsibility to be your child’s teacher.  Even though I give it my all, daily challenges keep me in constant thought about how I can better serve my students.  For me, teaching is rewarding, humbling, and the most motivating career I could have chosen. My goal is to offer the best education so that my students gain a sense of self worth and a love for learning. 

    Being the oldest of six farm kids, you might say I was born to teach.  Farming kept Daddy in the field, so when mother needed a break I became the trusted authority.  With the ringing of the old school bell, mounted on the front porch of our farm home, my pretend teaching career began.  It was tough filling the shoes of bus driver, teacher, librarian, music teacher, lunch lady and janitor but I was my only employee.  I was happy to do it  for my awesome little school with five students who I forced to attend.  Classroom climate was not the best until stickers and extra recesses were negotiated and then all was well.  

     I began my real teaching career at Western Oklahoma Christian School,  I taught a combined third and fourth grade class for three years.  For the next ten years I taught first grade in Sentinel, Oklahoma.  Geary Head Start was my next teaching job for two years before I moved to Nance Elementary.  This is my twelfth year at Nance where I have had the privilege to teach first grade, kindergarten, pre-k and reading coach.   My favorite is always whatever my current assignment is.  Teaching little souls is most gratifying.

     After my first ten years of teaching I began to experience burn out.  I prayed that God would restore my desire to teach and make it greater than ever before.  My prayer was answered and my passion is exhausting at times, but I love it!  

     I am a believer in Jesus Christ, wife to Jeff, mother to Linzi, Kendell and Preslee, Gimi to Kate, Summer and Don Jr..  All of whom have helped shaped me into the teacher I am today.  Similar to my childhood teaching days,  I'm willing to do what it takes to make each day the best experience for my students. To accomplish this  I teach in the most original manner I can, with play as the basis.  Surprisingly enough, stickers and extra recesses still prove effective.

Some of my favorite quotes:

 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalms 127:3

“Play is the highest form of research.” ~ Albert Einstein

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it. ~Harold Hulbert

“Not all those who wander are lost.”  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Children make your life important. ~Erma Bombeck

  “Indeed, learning to write may be part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading.”― Eudora Welty

Success is more difficult to handle than failure.    Ravi Zacharias

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