TULSA, Okla. — "When we think of Metro, Nancy Stubblefield is one of the first people that comes to mind," said Robby Davis, middle school and high school principal at Metro Christian Academy.
"She's kind of a pillar our school and our system here," said Matt Buffington, elementary principal at Metro Christian Academy.
"She has a good sense of humor, I'll say that," said Patsy Phillips, a teacher at Metro Christian Academy. "You have to in this business. You have to be able to pivot on the head of a pin."
Stubblefield is one of those rare teachers who affects everyone she knows — parents, teachers, and students.
"Whoever the student is, she'll adapt, she'll modify, she'll do what's necessary to help them be successful," Davis said.
"She did it with a smile on her face every single day," said Tatum Sanders, a junior at Metro Christian Academy. "Even when I wasn't wanting to learn that day, she still got me through it and helped tremendously."
When Stubblefield was nominated to become an excellent educator, 2 Works for You had no choice but to interrupt her class and recognize her work.
"I have a very important announcement," Mike Brooks said as he walked into the classroom. "Kids, your teacher is the newest Patriot Auto Group, 2 Works for You Excellent Educator! Can we have a quick round of applause?"
Stubblefield said she knew she wanted to teach at a very early age.
I had a Sunday school teacher that really influenced me in a Sunday school class," she said. "Working with adults that really struggled. So, that's what inspired me to teach."
She also said being director of the Diagnostic Instruction Center, providing individual education plans to accommodate specific learning needs of students, is a dream come true.
"All kids can learn," she said. "Sometimes we just get to investigate how best they can learn and how we can provide that for them."
"We had to recognize you for all of your work," Brooks said. "So, we have flowers, we have a $200 gift card thanks to Patriot Auto Group and 2 Works for You, and even a plaque for the desk, how about that?"
But before we could leave the classroom, one of Stubblefield's students stood up and said, "I've been waiting my whole life for this."
Cole Waits, a senior, then proceeded to give Stubblefield the best gift a teacher could ever receive.
"I've been here my whole life and Ms. Stubblefield has been here since the beginning," he said. "I'm a pretty slow learner to be honest. But man, I couldn't have done it without her. So, thanks Ms. Stubblefield, it means a lot."
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