The Teacher Behind The Creative Classroom

Hi y'all!

Welcome to my blog, The Creative Classroom! My name is Stephanie Icenogle! I am a middle school teacher from South Louisiana who just finished her seventh year of teaching. My teaching certification includes 6th-12th grade Social Studies Education and English Education.

I began my undergraduate degree at River Parish Community College where I was a member of the Ambassadors Program, a community and campus service organization. In addition to being a member of the Ambassadors Program, I was elected to serve as the President for the Student Government Association at RPCC. In 2005, I transferred to Southeastern Louisiana University where I majored in Social Studies Education. I graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in the Spring of 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Eucation. One of my greatest accomplishments at SLU was being named the Top Social Studies Education Major.

I taught Literacy Enrichment, an ELA intervention elective class, to 6th-8th graders at Gonzales Middle School from Fall of 2008 to the Spring of 2013. I served as the Electives Team Leader on campus for three years until I was selected to be a Mentor Teacher for the 2012-2013 school year.

In the Fall of 2013, I switched from teaching an ELA elective class to teaching 6th Grade Inclusion ELA. This allowed me the opportunity to co-teach with a phenomenal SPED teacher all day. Together we planned differentiated activities that included daily use of technology and small group instruction to meet the needs of all learners in our classroom. In addition to my regular teacher duties, I also worked as a Mentor Teacher to other teachers on our campus and served on my school Leadership Team during this school year.

During the 2014-2015 school year, I was switched to the non-inclusion 6th grade ELA position. Again, I used this as an opportunity to create lessons and implement classroom instructional practices that included daily use of technology, student goal setting, and differentiated materials to meet the needs of all my students. I also continued my role as a Mentor Teacher and member of the school Leadership Team.

In December of 2014, I lead a presentation at the LACUE conference entitled "Keep Calm and Nearpod On: Engaging Students and Differentiating Your Instruction". This presentation focused on using Nearpod to engage your students with interactive differentiated lessons and how to utilize the instant data features to make instructional decisions. 

The biggest honors I have received during my teaching career is being selected to be a Mentor Teacher and a member of the School Leadership Team from 2012-2015. Not only do I teach my students, but I am also in charge of helping other teachers on my campus. I have worked alongside our Master Teachers to develop long range plans for weekly professional development and provide weekly follow-up/classroom visits to assist my teachers. In addition, I have been nominated for Teacher of the Year at my school for the past four school years. I was fortunate enough to be named the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year at Gonzales Middle School. It was truly an honor to be recognized by my colleagues.

In addition to being a teacher, I also like to:

-spend time with my amazing husband, Patrick

-be a mom to my four furbabies- Sammi, Bea, Google, and Gadget



-read YA Literature

-make crafts for both my classroom and my home

-paint inspirational quotes and quotes from my favorite literary works

A collection of paintings from some of my favorite novels.


  1. You are awesome, I'm hacking so many of your ideas. Do you know how I can get started on vistaprint?

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