John Stokes says the middle school level presents one of the most difficult times for students.
“The physical and mental changes that students go through during this time is drastic,” he said. “For some, it could make or break. My degree in middle school education ensured that I would have an impact.”
Stokes currently serves as EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology Inc.) facilitator for Hot Springs High School.
“EAST is unlike any other model in modern education,” he said. “It’s a project-based, service-learning oriented program that provides students with the high-end technology available in the most progressive fields in the world.”
EAST is a coordinated effort to provide today’s students with an educational atmosphere that allows them to gain insight into their own abilities to acquire and use information, solve problems and develop valuable experience.
Stokes said he wasn’t originally interested in middle-level education.
“I wanted to be a high school social studies teacher and football coach,” he said. “The late Dr. Fred Parker is the reason I sought a middle-level degree. His passion and guidance at Henderson allowed me to see my true calling.
“The rigor of the middle-level versus a specialty allowed for me to be successful in my role as an EAST facilitator.” [Read more…] about Alumni Profile: John Stokes