Principal's Corner

Principal Chris Stafford

Principal Chris
Phone: 662.253.0017

Mr. Chris Stafford is the Principal at DeSoto County Alternative Center. He has a Juris Doctorate from Tulsa Law, Master's Degree from Delta State University in Educational Leadership, Bachelor's Degree from the Delta State in Education, and graduated from Horn Lake High School. 

Mr. Stafford is a life-long resident of DeSoto County. He is married to Janie Stafford who also works for DCS and has a daughter, Rose Catherine who attends DCS. The Stafford family also has two fabulous dogs Scotch, a Boxer and Leo, a Dachshund.

If I Can Just Be Patient

So often with young people, the difference between a good day and a bad day is PATIENCE. If this were Teenage Family Feud, it would look like this:

"100 people surveyed, the top three answers to this question:

What is the number 1 reason you get into trouble at home or school?"

  1. I speak or act before I think - 100
  2. Anything else - 0
  3. Anything else - 0

That might be a slight exaggeration, but only slightly. The ability to practice patience - the first value we teach at DCAC - is the cornerstone upon which all other values are built. When we talk about patience and its worth, the main point we stress is that showing patience SLOWS YOU DOWN. How many negative situations could have been avoided if you had taken a moment to think before you said or did it?

We ask this question in group sometimes: how many times have you gotten into trouble for what you were thinking? The correct answer is almost never. You get into trouble when when you say it or act on it.

A lack of patience also makes it easy for other people to manipulate you. They know the right word or action will cause you lose control and say or do something foolish. People make poor decisions when they are emotional. Patience helps the head think about what the heart wants to do. It brings wisdom and balance to decisions.

Young people (all people) make mistakes. We acknowledge and teach this. Patience helps to avoid or minimize the consequences of those mistakes.

Something to think about...