Teaching Philosophy

Barak D. Stanley believes that every student is capable of prospering, at all instructional levels, with proper encouragement and guidance from educators. To reflect 21st-century learning, students should be immersed in a technology-infused learning environment that allows them to comprehend and master the Common Core State Standards. It is the teacher’s job to ignite a passion and desire for learning, so that students can become life-long learners whom are college and career ready. Barak believe that teachers, as leaders, must positively influence students, families, administrators, and fellow teaching staff towards a common goal of students’ social/emotional and academic success.


Barak D. Stanley received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in communications, as well as his multiple subject teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Educational Technology at Boise State University. Barak's professional experiences have revolved around teaching elementary school students. He has been working in education for over ten years as a tutor, mentor, substitute teacher, full-time teacher, and Categorical Resource Teacher.


Barak D. Stanley is currently the Categorical Resource Teacher at Unsworth Elementary in Downey Unified School District. He was a first and fourth-grade teacher in Downey Unified School District from 2016-2019. He had the pleasure to serve as the Teacher Technology Lead for Rio Hondo Elementary, as well as a member of the fourth-grade Instructional Leadership Team. Barak established the first Rio Hondo Tech Squad in January 2019. During the 2015-16 school year, he was a first- and second-grade teacher at Skyline North Elementary School in Barstow, California. Prior to that, Barak was a substitute teacher and tutor from 2010-2013.