Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College Master's in Education (K-6) from College of Charleston Master's in Education (6-9) from Appalachian State National Board Certified Teacher since 2006 National Board Certified Teacher Renewed 2015

Mrs. Darla Stines

2023-2024 will be my 28th year of teaching. My entire teaching career has been here at ELMS. All in 8th grade. And, yes, all in mathematics. 

I grew up in Denver, NC. I graduated from ELHS, then attended Lenoir-Rhyne College. From there, I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education with a concentration in Middle School Math. Upon graduation, I enrolled in the Master's (Kindergarten thru 6) program at the College of Charleston. It was 1995 that I began teaching here at ELMS. In 2006, I obtained my National Boards. Three years after that, I completed a program through Appalachian State that extended my Master's Degree through 9th grade. In 2016, I successfully renewed my National Boards certification.

On the home front, my daughter, Ellanor, is in Fifth Grade. My husband and I will be celebrating 25 years of marriage this November. We have a 16 year old cat, Leo, a 6 year old cat, Reese Cup, a 6 year old Lab mix, Gracie, a 7 month old Lab/Great Pyrenese mix, Clover Blossom, and several thousand honey bees that complete our family.