Mrs. Shaffer


Hello My Name Is

Debbie Shaffer
Mrs. Shaffer

I am new to Parsons Middle School this year, but I am not new to the teaching profession.  I taught 5th grade at Guthridge Elementary for the past 21 years.

I am very excited to teach 6th and 7th grade Social Studies.  Social Studies has been my passion for many years.  I feel that knowing events from history, understanding the causes, effects and outcomes of those events is so very important.  I want my students to know and appreciate the past so that they will better understand and appreciate the future.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Ottawa University.  Before becoming a teacher I worked in radio.  After a time, I received my Elementary Education Certification from Pittsburg State University.  In 2006 I received my Master’s Degree in American History.  Several years ago I was selected as Kansas History Teacher of the Year. 

My husband, John, and I have two children who are Parsons High School graduates.  Our daughter, Stacia and her husband, Luke, along with their two children live in Joplin.  Yes, that makes me a very proud grandma (Mimi).  Our son, Trevor will be getting married this fall to the love of his life-and mine, Jennifer.

Some of my hobbies include shopping, traveling and exercising.  I also enjoy taking our classic cars to car shows and cruises.  John has a 57 Chevy Bel Air.  I have a 67 Chevelle. 

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