My name is Mark Stamatakos and I am entering my 13th year teaching at Westfield Middle School. I currently teach 8th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies. In my classroom each day students are challenged to think about issues of local, national, and global concern and then expected to discuss them and write about them. A mix of literature from classic fiction, poetry, primary historical documents, and contemporary non-fiction will be utilized to create the experiences necessary to promote learning. I will do everything in my power to present every side of the argument, every political stance, and all minority viewpoints. I look forward to teaching this year with the hope of developing the kind of critical thinkers who can navigate the complex world of the 21st century.