Mrs. Stephens teaches 8th grade Social Studies. She has been in the field of education for 21 years, and her background is filled with a variety of teaching experiences and educational training. She is very excited to finally return to her childhood roots, since she is a Mabry (her maiden name being Mabry, after whom the school is named).
She received her undergraduate degree in special education and began her teaching career as a learning disabilities resource teacher. She later completed her Master's Degree from Georgia State University and Specialist's Degree in Middle Grades Education from Georgia Southwestern University. She has taught middle school language arts, life science, and social studies.
Mrs. Stephens is passionate about history and strives to make history come alive for all students. One of the highlights of her teaching career was when she received training in gifted education - she states that it truly changed the way she teaches all of her students. This background has enabled her to differentiate instruction and challenge all students to their highest potential.
Mrs. Stephens currently is a Gifted Endorsement Class Instructor for North Georgia RESA and finds that working with teachers is greatly rewarding and gives her innovative ideas to use in her own classroom. She has also conducted teacher training workshops in Differentiation of Instruction and Heritage Education for Cherokee and Cobb County teachers.
The achievements of which she is proudest are the ones that directly impact student achievement. She developed and submitted lesson plans for integrating technology in her classroom while working for Cherokee County and was the recipient of a technology grant; she subsequently received a mobile station of laptops to use with her students. "The motivation of students and challenging, rewarding assignments increased dramatically in my classroom when students used laptops on a daily basis. The insights and connections students made in history were very powerful," stated Mrs. Stephens. "I am elated to have the opportunity to use a Promethean Board and the advanced technology that Mabry offers."
On the personal side, Mrs. Stephens is unique in that she is a Mabry and still lives on the 70-acre farm on Wesley Chapel Road that has been in her family for over 100 years. In 2004, the governor awarded the Mabry family a Centennial Farm Award from the State of Georgia. Although Mrs. Stephens still loves to travel, she is very happy to have built her dream house on her great-grandfather's land, where she enjoys gardening and creating flower landscapes.
What excites her? Art and music in all of its forms. She actually wanted to be an artist when she was young and was encouraged by an art professor to change her major to art education. Her father did not think it would be very practical, so painting is something she now does for pleasure. She also plays the piano and dabbles with interior decoration for family and friends.
These are among two of Mrs. Stephens favorite quotes: "Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." --Franz Kafka, and: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." --Eleanor Roosevelt
Mrs. Stephens will inspire her students to see the beauty of their own dreams while challenging them to be lifelong learners.
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