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Mr. DeFord

About Me

This is my sixth year as a teacher at Stargate and my 13th year of teaching overall. Before coming to Stargate, I taught 8th grade American History at East Middle School in Grand Junction for six years, which included a magnet program for Gifted and Talented students. I also taught 7th/8th grade Social Studies at Imagine Charter school in Firestone. I have an undergraduate degree in History and Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

I have lived in Colorado my whole life and I love it here. I like to spend time outdoors skiing, camping, and hiking. I am also a big sports fan, especially of the Denver Broncos and CU Buffs.

What I Love about Teaching
I love helping students discover new elements of a subject and watching them get excited about learning. I really enjoy middle schoolers' sense of humor, creativity, and unique perspective on topics we study.

How to Contact Me
Room - 2219
Phone - 303-450-3936 ext.2219
email -                                             

Google calendars for each class:

 I keep all grades on Infinite Campus which you can access from the menu.  All other information is on my Google classroom page/calendar.