Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Denise Stafos
7th grade Social Studies
Years of Teaching Experience
25 years of teaching experience
Area of expertise
Bible History, American History; World History, Geography, Economics, Curriculum Instruction Technology, Curriculum Development /Benchmarking for USD 500
BA from Mid-America Nazarene in Olathe (Comprehensive Social Studies Secondary Degree)
Masters from Grand Canyon University (Curriculum Instructions Technology)
Nominated for Crystal Apple Award by Student
Graduated Suma Cum Laude at Mid-America
Deans Honor Roll at both universities
USD 500 was award a American History grant from the Department of Education. Three of the lesson plans that Ms. I developed were place online by this agency. This was an honor that was bestowed only on a few teachers nationally.
Why I Chose Education as My Career of Choice
Middle school lays the foundation for adulthood. I believe in educating the whole child, and not just teaching social studies. For example, "Thoughts become words, words become action, action becomes habits, and habits become character." I believe in BIST Behavior Intervention Support Team, and I want to support my students into thinking about their actions, and making good choices. Behavior has consequences, and it is best they learn this now when the consequences are not as severe for them. Middle school can be frustrating as they are learning responsibility, accountability, and integrity. I will teach my students like I would my own children because they are now my school family. I appreciate support from parents, and together we can nurture and train the child in the way they should go!
I quilt and love to play cards! I enjoy my family! I am involved in my church. I also write poetry. I enjoy going to smooth jazz concerts!