7th Grade Social Studies

Phone: ext. 8659


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in History Education BYU-Idaho

Mr. Stephen Courtney

Hello and welcome to my page! This will be my first year of teaching, and I am looking forward to spending it here at Sonoran Trails. I graduated from BYU-Idaho in 2022, with a B.A. in History education. I look forward to using the skills and strategies that I have learned through my education and my practice to engage and empower students' learning. I have lived in AZ almost all my life, graduating in the southern valley from Hamilton High School in Chandler. I know the area well and the education system just as well. I know this will be an amazing first year!

Contact Me:  Stephen Courtney

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My Educational Philosophy

  • My philosophy when it comes to education follows a quote from Socrates, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” I believe that as a teacher, we should ignite something within a student to get them excited to learn and not just fill them with information that they might feel is worthless to them. I want to get them excited to learn new things, to seek after them, and be active learners, not just passive ones. We should build up a foundation for students to work from and guide them. My role as a teacher is to be that guide and lead the students, help them gain the yearning to wish to become lifelong learners.