Meghan Stafford is a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at the Washington Pre-K Center, born and raised in Ponca City.
“Once a wildcat, always a wildcat!” said Stafford.
Stafford cites her teachers she had growing up as a reason she got into education. Her elementary Art teacher Sharon Maddox became a close family friend and Stafford would often return to visit her and help pack up her classroom every summer.
“I remember her always telling me that I would make a great teacher one day,” said Stafford.
Having originally started her college path as Pre-Med/ Athletics training, Stafford came to the realization that education was her true calling and switched to Early Childhood Education.
“As time went on, I often thought back on Mrs. Maddox’s words,” said Stafford. “My experience working in an after school daycare and summer kids’ camps, I realized that education really was my calling!”
She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern Oklahoma in May 2008, and began teaching kindergarten in Arkansas City, Kansas for three years. In August of 2011, Stafford began teaching kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary, teaching kindergarten for three years before moving down to pre-k.
“This is my seventh year teaching pre-k and I love it!” said Stafford.
Stafford’s favorite thing about teaching is the relationships she gets to build with students and their parents.
“I have been blessed with so many wonderful students and their amazing families!” said Stafford. “I get to spend each school year learning about these little humans and what their hobbies and interests are, teach them, watch them learn and grow, but most of all, love them just like they are my own!”
Stafford strives to create a learning environment that is positive and inspiring for all her students.
“When children feel welcomed, comfortable and safe with one another, the potential is limitless!” said Stafford. “I want my students to know that our classroom is a safe place for them to learn and be loved!”