Julie Stockard is in her second year of fulfilling her dream of making high school English class a place where students are challenged and given the feedback to improve as readers and writers. She hopes her students will find value in what they read and apply what they learn from literature to their own lives. Mrs Stockard has been influenced by many good books over the years, including, Gone with the Wind, The Great Gatsby, the Harry Potter Series, and Wonder. Prior to teaching at OACP, Mrs. Stockard taught fifth grade at Oasis Academy, fifth grade at West End Elementary, and fifth grade at Northside Elementary. She also taught English at Western Nevada Community College. Mrs. Stockard has a Master’s degree in English, a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and a Secondary teaching endorsement. It comes as no surprise that she likes to read; but Mrs. Stockard also likes to create things, explore new places with her family, and plans to learn to play the guitar sometime soon. Mrs Stockard is married and has four adult children.
I was born in Anaheim California and grew up in western South Dakota. My wife, Shelly and I are the proud parents of four children and six grandchildren. I graduated from Black Hills State University in 1987 with a degree in education with majors in mathematics and chemistry. I taught mathematics at Churchill County Junior High School for 28 years before moving to Oasis Academy. I have also taught classes at Western Nevada Community College for the past twenty eight years. I know what goals can be achieved by means of education and what disappointments come from the lack of it. Teaching mathematics is very challenging. I try my best every day to explain its concepts and functionality in a way my students will comprehend. I want them to be prepared not only for college but for life as well. Mathematics was not easy for me when I was in high school. I know what it feels like not to understand what was taught. I got really frustrated with story problems. I tell my students they can ask me all the questions they want. They know my door is always open if they want to come get help with their math. I am excited to be at Oasis Academy and enjoy working with everyone here.
I obtained my bachelor’s degree in history from Sonoma State University, California in 2007. I finished my master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013 and have five years of contract teaching in both rural and urban school districts in Northern Nevada. I was born in Japan, most of my family served in the United States Air Force and I spent the first 10 years of my life living on base. After I received my bachelor’s degree, I taught English in South Korea for two years, where I met my wife of four years, who is originally from Canada. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, watching baseball, or playing with the 9 year old German Shepherd Dog we adopted from a shelter this year. I love comic books to a borderline unhealthy degree. My favorite character is Captain America, and I am a huge fan of Ed Brubaker’s work.
My goal for this class is to help students become discerning, critical thinkers that are able to respectfully and coherently express themselves, whatever their personal views may be. Thomas Jefferson believed that the purpose of public education was to create thoughtful citizens that are able to actively participate in our democracy. It is my sincere wish that everyone leaves my class better able to be a citizen than when we started this journey together.
I grew up here in the beautiful Lahontan Valley, and no matter where I live Fallon has and always will be my home! I have always had a love for science and agriculture. Growing up I was very active in 4-H and FFA where I developed a passion for agriculture education. I attended high school right here in Churchill County and earned my bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with minors in Ag Business and Business from Brigham Young University-Idaho. After college I worked as a Livestock Nutritionist and Territory Manager for Cargill Animal Nutrition. In that position I learned that I love to work with and teach young people. I am super excited to be a part of the Oasis Academy. My greatest joy is spending time with my little girl. I also enjoy riding my horses, crafts (even though I never seem to finish them), reading, and spending time with my family.
Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”
~ Bill Nye
Words of Wisdom
If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.