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Daniel Stanford named PWMS teacher of the year
Mr. Daniel Stanford is Parkwood Middle School’s Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Stanford is currently in his tenth year of teaching, all of which have been at Parkwood Middle.
He started out his educational career as a 7th Grade Social Studies teacher and after four years moved up to 8th Grade.
Mr. Stanford was not always on the road to becoming a teacher.
In fact, up until a week before the start of school nine years ago he planned on going to law school.
All that changed when he ran into his former Science, teacher, who was the principal of Parkwood Middle School and was told there was an opening for a 7th Grade Social Studies teacher.
Mr. Stanford took the job and hasn’t looked back since.
Over the years Mr. Stanford said he has come to believe that, “Education should be an individual, unique experience for every student who enters his classroom.”
Room 400 isn’t the only place you will find Mr. Stanford.
He is involved in many activities other than teaching both on and off campus.
He is the faculty advisor for the yearbook and gives up one of his planning periods each day to teach the yearbook class.
You can also see Mr. Stanford after school in the cafeteria acting as the Musical Director for Parkwood Middle School’s productions.
He also is the Renaissance Coordinator for our school and, as many students can tell you, he attends most sporting events to take pictures for the yearbook and cheer on the Bears.
Off campus, Mr. Stanford appears in productions with The Storefront Theatre in Waxhaw and is on their fundraising committee.
He works as a photographer, taking photos for sports teams and events.
In addition to all these undertakings, Mr. Stanford is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and hopes to eventually add on an Administrative Licensure.
Parkwood Middle School is proud to have Mr. Stanford as their teacher of the year.
His contributions to our school both in and out of the classroom benefit our students in many ways.
Congratulations Mr. Stanford on achieving this great honor.
Written by: Nicole DePietro
Posted: Nov 08, 2013 by Lisa Chapman