Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Jennifer Stephens
Hi! My name is Mrs. Stephens and I am a first grade teacher at John Nowlin Elementary. I grew up in Blue Springs, Missouri and even went to John Nowlin when I was a kid, the very same year it opened, in 1979! Go Knights! After I graduated from Blue Springs High School, I went to college in Maryville, MO at Northwest Missouri State University. I majored in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. Later, I earned my Master's Degree in Teaching from Webster University and completed an additional 40 hours from Baker University.
The 2018-2019 school year marks my 26th year of teaching. I taught kindergarten in Odessa, MO for seven years before coming back to Blue Springs to teach in the district's Title One Developmentally Delayed preschool program for 3-5 year olds. Twelve years ago I happily landed in first grade! I am excited to be your child's teacher this year! Each day my goal is to celebrate the uniqueness of each child in my class and discover the "hidden gem" in all that they do!
My favorite food is Italian.
Strawberry limeades make me happy!
I love all things vintage and am 100% convinced I was born into the wrong era.
My favorite subjects to teach are reading and writing.
In 2000 I was a Fox 4 Crystal Apple Award Nominee.
I was the 2011-2012 JNE Teacher of the Year.