Mrs. Stanley: Radiating Warmth at STUWednesday, March 21, 2012 By Amanda Valois
If you ask students what they think of Mrs. Stanley, most of them describe her as kind, caring, loving, gentle... the list goes on. I myself would say that she has the biggest heart. Since she is one of my favorite teachers, I decided to interview her, and to find out what lies beyond her kindness and the radiant smile on her face. Mrs. Stanley was born in Chicago, Illinois, and later on moved to northern Virginia because her father got a job there. As a child, Mrs. Stanley wanted to be a ballerina, a superhero, a girl spy, a pioneer or a teacher. After graduation, Mrs. Stanley attended Mary Mount College and James Madison University. As you know, she is now the Learning Resource Teacher at Stuart Hall School. Mrs. Stanley has two children, which explains, in part, her love for children. She shows love to every student that comes to her for help. When I asked her what she likes the most about STU, she answered “Students” with a big smile on her face. One of the things she enjoys the most is teaching. When describing the student body of Stuart Hall School, Mrs. Stanley says, “The students here are wonderful people. I enjoy teaching them. They are very enthusiastic and nice.” Mrs. Stanley has been here at STU for about five years now. I asked her what was the most memorable moment she had experienced in that time. “Last year,” she said, “the class that graduated was my favorite, and my children were among them.” Since she spends so much time with students, I asked her what was the most valuable lesson she believes most of the people should learn by the time they graduate. She said, “ The most important is knowing what they want to do. If they really want something they can make it happen.” Last l I asked her, “ Do you learn from us, students?” She answered, “Yes, everyday.” She went on to explain that she learns from students by listening and keeping an open mind. “Favorite activities?” I asked. “I like going to my cabin, Calf Pasture River,” she said. This is her favorite place. Mrs. Stanley loves and enjoys nature. In her free time and for family vacations she goes to her cabin. I haven’t known her a long time, but Mrs. Stanley is one of my favorite teachers here. She is always ready to help me when I need something and after my wonderful interview with her, I couldn’t help but agree with every other student that thinks she has the biggest and warmest heart.