My name is Steve Tapley. I am new to Northern High School for the Spring of 2019. I am originally from Holton, KS, a small farming community near Topeka and Kansas City.
I attended Emporia State University where I played linebacker for the Hornets and majored in Social Science Education. I transferred to Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS to finish my BA in History and Political Science while serving as an Assistant Football Coach. The small college experience gave great insight to the importance of relationships in education.
My approach to teaching is to focus on thinking and learning. I love wrong answers, as it gives us a chance to replace them with correct answers. A blank canvas is always the hardest to paint. If students come to class with a Growth Mindset, meaning they believe they have the ability to become better at a skill or activity, then they will undoubtedly be successful in the classroom. We never say "I can't", we say "I can't yet" when we face obstacles.
Outside of school I spend my time with my two children along with my fiance and her children. I am a sports fan, namely the KC Royals, KC Chiefs, and KU Jayhawks.
I welcome any questions you might have and look forward to an excellent 2019 at Northern Guilford.
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