Hello, My name is Donna Jean Stallings. I have been a teacher with Glencoe Public Schools since the fall of 1984. It has been an amazing adventure watching so many students come through my door and step out into the big world outside of Glencoe, America! It's strange to be teaching right beside my former students (one even being my own daughter). I also love seeing each new class that comes through and seeing how much the kids act like their parents did so many years ago. My, how time really does fly by!!!
Okay, a little about me: I have been married to the same man, Scott, for 38 years. We have four children: Monty, Josh, Tabitha, and Brady, three daughters-in-law: Rachel, Rebekah, and Mandy, and one son-in-law, Bryan. We also have five amazing grandchildren, Jericho, Jairus, Autumn, and Aurora, and Ethan. It is true that life is so much more wonderful when grandchildren are part of the picture.
I graduated from Boise City High School, and Panhandle State University. I taught 1st and 2nd grades combined in a small school near Boise City for four years.
Then we moved near Stillwater. I was hired to teach 6th grade here in Glencoe (which I taught for my first 10 years here). I fell in love with this school and the wonderful community and I haven't left.
I have worn many hats in our school. I have coached cheerleading (both J.H and H.S) for over 20 years. I am the National Honor Society Advisor as well as the National Junior Honor Society Advisor. I have also been the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Coach for the past 14 years.
One of my favorite things to teach is my unit on the Holocaust. I also take students on summer educational tours every year. We have been doing that for the past nine years and we have taken over 115 students to the Eastern Seaboard as well as the California Panorama Tour and Puerto Rico. This year I am taking a group of parents and students to Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. I already have people signing up for next year's trip. We are going to take the same trip.
Besides teaching and traveling, I have taken on the hobby of running marathons - you would realize how crazy that sounds if you really knew me. I NEVER ran before I was 49 years old. It's a long story, but I ran my first marathon in memory of my students who had passed away. The next year I ran with Tommy Edwards's mother (Tommy was one of my students who had passed away.) I plan on running my 6th and final marathon this spring. Seeing my loved ones and students at the finish line makes all the months of training all worthwhile!
My Mission Statement
As I travel life's journey I will strive to be the friendly face, the warm embrace, and the encouraging force to help others reach deep into themselves to bring out the beautiful person who exists inside all of us. I will continue to be a student as well as a teacher. Through patience and perseverance I will share the knowledge I've gained and shared, and I will look forward to the day when I will hear God's voice saying, "Well done, my good and faithful servant!"
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