Joy Stouffer has been working on an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for over two years. Her focus has been positive teacher-student relationships and their influence on spiritual development. She was able to successfully complete the defense of her dissertation on March 23, 2016.
This focus is particularly helpful in her work at Harvest Christian Academy, which emphasizes challenging academics in a Christian environment, and life mentorship.
Dr. Stouffer chose this avenue of study because she wanted to understand the process of forming positive relationships, from both a teacher and student perspective, and build a research model to help teachers foster these positive relationships. She hopes to use the results of this work at Harvest to benefit students academically, emotionally, and spiritually.