Stacey Marshall – Jordan Ridge Elementary

Apr 5, 2016, 12:17 PM | Updated: Feb 25, 2019, 3:28 pm

Ms. Marshall has dedicated time and her talents towards educating hundreds of first grade students over the past 15 years, and I feel privileged to have my daughter as one of her students this year. While meeting with Ms. Marshall during our first grade orientation at the beginning of the year, she told of her past history as a West Jordan Police Officer. She explained that while serving in this position she dealt with individuals who could have prevented deviant lifestyles had they experienced a more enriching childhood. This realization was a turning point in her occupational career, thus leading her towards becoming an influential educator by helping young children obtain a positive self-esteem in hopes of preventing delinquency in later years.

Upon entering Ms. Marshall’s first grade classroom, one might hear: “Ahoy Pirates, please sit at your desks and get your pencils ready for this week’s spelling test.”

“Aye Aye Captain!” the students reply in unison. The classroom is decorated with pirate themed pictures and phrases to help make the environment fun and educational, but also provides a basis for unification among the classmates and teacher. At the end of each school day, Ms. Marshall has the students line up for dismissal and together they recite a cheer, which says,

“In this classroom,

We do 2nd chances

We apologize

We forgive

We respect each other

We keep our promises

We never give up

We encourage one another

We laugh often

We belong

We are captains and leaders.”

I feel this creates a great sense of unity and camaraderie with the students in this classroom, while building a safe learning environment.

Ms. Marshall does an excellent job of using a variety of teaching methods in helping her young students learn and retain information she has taught. Because the early years in elementary school lay a foundation in learning for many years to come, Ms. Marshall writes creative songs and chants to help them remember rules and guidelines for reading and math. My daughter comes home daily singing these songs while completing homework assignments.

Every Sunday afternoon my inbox chimes with a notification of Ms. Marshall’s weekly news. She provides positive feedback from the previous week and outlines skills students will be enriching throughout the upcoming week. Any special events or new subject lessons are detailed for parents so that we can discuss these topics with our children, creating an opportunity for dialogue about their educational journey. I feel such communication between the parent and teacher is vital for helping students succeed!

Each year Ms. Marshall and the first grade team sponsor a canned food drive for the Utah Food Bank during the months of November and December. This encourages community involvement among young citizens and teaches the importance of giving in times of need. At the end of the drive, Ms. Marshall has the students sort and count the cans as a math activity!

I am so grateful to have Ms. Marshall as a teacher at Jordan Ridge and especially as my daughter’s teacher. I appreciate her hard work and dedication in taking her role as an educator seriously and going the extra mile to make my daughter feel important and successful. It is no wonder that she was chosen to be a mentor for a student teacher this year. I couldn’t think of a better role model for someone who is seeking such a committed career as this one. I am truly grateful for her effort in making the students feel safe, loved, and successful leaders.

–Natalie Erskine

Today’s Top Stories

Teacher Feature

Emily Ashmead

Teacher Feature is back in session

After what felt like an extended summer vacation, KSL's Teacher Feature program is back in session. This year's Teacher Feature primary sponsor is Burt Brothers Tire & Service. The company has been involved with Teacher Feature for more than ten years, and says they are appreciative of a way to give back. 
1 year ago
Emily Ashmead

Mark Landeen, South Jordan Middle School

The following was submitted by JR Landeen. “I know it may seem weird that I am nominating my own father but I truly believe he is deserving of this award. I was never his student in the classroom or even attended his school but I know what kind of teacher he is. I remember growing […]
3 years ago
Emily Ashmead

Janie Lauritzen, Welby Elementary

The following was submitted by Jon P. Lauritzen. “Janie Lauritzen has taught kindergarten at South Jordan’s Welby Elementary for 19 years. She’s that special teacher that has parents jockeying with the school administration to make sure their children get into her classes. Over the years, she has taught children with learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, and […]
3 years ago
Emily Ashmead

Jen Lightfoot, Viewmont Elementary

The following was submitted by Emily Chandler. “This year my child was diagnosed with Rheumatic fever in early September. Rheumatic fever is a rare disorder and a noncontagious acute fever marked by inflammation and pain in the joints. It chiefly affects young people and is caused by a streptococcal infection. Rheumatic fever will go after […]
3 years ago
Emily Ashmead

Shanalee Sadler, Alta High School

The following was submitted by Shana Davis. Shanalee Sadler is a special education teacher at Alta High School. She has been my son’s teacher for the past 3 and a half years. My son has autism and is a senior at Alta High School. Mrs. Sadler has gone to great lengths to teach my son […]
3 years ago
Emily Ashmead

Alice Erickson, Willow Canyon Elementary

The following was submitted by Amourette Bradley. “Have you ever had a teacher that stood above the rest? What if thirty years later, your child shared that same teacher? And what if he or she proved not only as extraordinary as you remembered, but even more so? Alice Erickson is that most extraordinary teacher. Many […]
3 years ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Stacey Marshall – Jordan Ridge Elementary