Phone: 706-769-7791 ext. 1403
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education with emphasis in Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science (1998) - University of Georgia Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (2004) - University of Georgia Gifted Endorsement (2013) - Northeast Georgia RESA Specialist in Teacher Leadership (2019) - Valdosta State University 2006-2007 Oconee County Elementary Teacher of the Year 2018-2019 Oconee County Elementary Teacher of the Year Trained in collaborative teaching strategies by the GLRS Co-Teaching Academy Graduate of Leadership Oconee VII (May 2003) Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers - 2005
Mrs. Stephanie Dickens
My name is Stephanie Dickens and I am the Gifted Lead Teacher here at Oconee County Elementary School. This year is my twenty-fourth year of teaching, all of which have been here at OCES. For the first sixteen years of my career, I taught fourth grade in the general education classroom, spending ten of those years working as a collaborative partner with our Special Education program. In 2014, I moved to my current position in Gifted Education, where I teach gifted resource classes as well as advanced content classes in all subject areas. I have always believed that as educators we should strive to meet our students where they are, differentiating appropriately to accommodate students’ learning styles and individual capabilities. As an instructor in the gifted classroom, it is my responsibility to facilitate learning and to design challenging, engaging experiences that encourage students to maximize their unique talents and abilities.
In addition to my classroom teaching responsibilities, I serve on various committees and assist with a number of extra-curricular activities at our school. I am currently a member of our school’s Leadership team, teacher leader for our school’s Science Olympiad team, and I coordinate the Stock Market Game for our gifted and advanced content fourth and fifth grade classes. I am also the Gifted Lead teacher for my building.
My husband Jason, whom I have been married to since 1996, is co-owner of a locally operated family business, Dickens Farm, Inc./Dickens Builders. We have four children: Jake, a 2021 University of Georgia graduate, Luke and Abby, graduates of Oconee County High School attending the University of Georgia, and JR, a freshman at Oconee County High School.