Perkins Academy has many great teachers. Stacey Enloe, a fourth grade teacher, believes her school has the best teachers around, each striving to be lifelong learners and truly caring about each of his or her students’ well-being.
“I am proud to be part of the Perkins team of teachers,” Enloe says. “I want my students to be successful academically, but I also want them to be successful socially. We have many talks about treating others respectfully and making the best choices that will make them proud of themselves.”
Enloe’s teaching journey began studying pharmacy at Drake University.
“I quickly realized that I needed a profession with more human interaction,” she says. “I come from a long line of teachers. I had been teaching dance to children as a part-time job while going to school, and I really enjoyed it, so I made the switch to elementary education with an emphasis in science.”
Enloe’s first job after graduating from Drake was teaching middle school, splitting her day between Merrill and Callanan.
“After, my first year, Perkins had an opening teaching science to grades three to five, so I interviewed and got the job,” she says. “I have been at Perkins ever since. I have taught science for several years, second grade a year and then have been in fourth grade for the remainder of the time.”
Math is her favorite subject to teach. As a kid, she hated story problems, but now she enjoys teaching math strategies through the use of everyday problem solving.
“I love that kids now love to solve story problems,” she says. “Their understanding so much deeper than it ever was when I was an elementary student. It is fun to see their thinking process and to listen to them explain why they solved it a certain way.”
Her hope is that her students walk away knowing they have tried their hardest to be the best person they can be.
“I always tell them it is OK not to know, but it is not OK not to try,” she says.