His father, Cliff Chaffee is a teacher at Lake Stevens High School with 37 years of experience and was a huge influence on Stuart's decision to become an educator.
Chaffee started attending Lake Stevens Schools in seventh grade when he transferred from the Snohomish School District.
In school he had a passion for running and was a member of the track and cross-country teams.
graduated from Lake Stevens High School
in 1999, Chaffee
followed that love of running to college where he
ran track and cross-country for Western Oregon University
After he received his bachelor's degree in English, he began substituting in the Lake Stevens School District.
He fell in love with the profession and went back to school and earned his master's degree in education from Willamette University and teaching endorsements in English and humanities.
When asked what made him want to come back to teach in Lake Stevens
explained that he
had a great experience in Lake Schools
"I have a lot of respect for the people I knew and the teachers that I had.
I knew this was a great place to start a career and to make my home," Chafee explains.
Even though Chaffee
had many great teachers during his time in Lake Schools
, his favorites were Mr. Collins, Mr. McKinney and Mr. Page.
"That had a profound influence on me when I was trying to pick my career," Chaffee
Chaffee is currently in his fourth year teaching at Cavelero Mid High where he teaches English and leadership.
He is also a track and cross-country coach at Lake Stevens High School.
"I love getting to spend time mentoring kids as both a teacher and a coach.
It's a really rewarding job," shared Chaffee
stated that the most worthwhile aspect of teaching is that he
not only influences students' academics, but their character as well.