Teacher Nancy Stapp helps her sixth-graders at Little Elementary School in Arvada bridge the transition into secondary school. Her "I Can Manage Myself" program teaches students to set goals and chart their own progress, thus developing self-direction, responsibility and personal accountability. Mrs. Stapp familiarizes students with technology, which they use to conduct research, produce multimedia presentations, publish a school newspaper, and participate in the National Geographic Kids Network. She teaches politics and civics with a mock election and her "Ameritown" unit, in which students run an imaginary town for a day. Mrs. Stapp is co-coordinator of the district's Outdoor Education Lab School, a week-long residential program for the district's sixth-grade classes.
1978 University of Northern Colorado, B.A. Masters in Educational Leadership,