PARAGOULD,AR (KAIT) -October's Teacher of the Month teaches at Crowley's Ridge Academy in Paragould.
For the past three years this woman of faith has been battling cancer and taking the life lessons she has learned and sharing them with her students.
Stokes, "It's been over three years. I should not be here according to my first diagnosis. But I am because I trust God's in control. Not me."
Debbie Stokes teaches music and bible . She also has been battling cancer for 3 years. Add a challenge of teaching 255 kids from kindergarten to senior high..what drives her, what gives her inspiration?
Stokes, "Just that I can teach different children, different kinds of music different kinds of songs. My main goal is to teach them to love it."
Stokes has been teaching for 33 years, all of her career at Crowley's Ridge Academy. Initially Stokes said she wasn't sure what to teach.
"I've always known that I wanted to be a teacher, it took me a while to decide what I wanted to teach. But music is my love so I decided music is what I needed to do."
This is our first teacher of the month that didn't teach at a public school. So I asked Ms. Stokes, what can you teach here, that you can't teach out there?
Stokes, "Whether it's English, History, Science or Math, Art or Music. Whatever it happens to be. We're encouraged to share our faith and inspire our students to a stronger faith."
The Book of Proverbs says, "She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue."
"I'm not gonna let this disease keep me from what I do here. And that is help the students to grow stronger in their faith. And that's more important than my music."
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