Thank You, Stanley

Article by, Ian Grande

It is with mixed emotions that I share the following announcement:

My wife (Kayla) and I have accepted teaching positions at Shiloh Christian and will be moving to Bismarck this summer with our four-month-old son Christian.

The decision to relocate was a difficult one, but this move will bring us closer to our family, provide us with an affordable daycare solution, and will allow me to become a full-time teacher (Kayla will continue as a full-time teacher).

We were very blessed to have a handful of excellent options to choose from, but ultimately, we felt like Shiloh’s Christ centered environment was the best fit for our family.

At Shiloh, Kayla will be teaching 3rd grade, while I will be teaching English (Communications), Writing, and Mass Media (Journalism/Broadcasting).

I’m very excited to craft a curriculum that will help my students communicate more effectively, especially through writing.  I am also looking forward to the opportunity to teach Mass Media. I have a ton of passion for Journalism/Broadcasting, and I can’t wait to share that passion with my new students.

Kayla and I will also have the opportunity to continue coaching student-athletes in the sports that we love.

In addition, I will be finishing up my Master’s degree, so our family will be plenty busy.

While we are very excited about our new adventure, there are many things we will miss about Stanley…

Friends we have made – Kayla and I have met some amazing people during our time in Stanley. I’ve always been impressed with how genuinely kind everyone in this community is. We will miss everyone.

I would love to give an individual shout out to everyone that has made our time in Stanley so special, but I would be typing for days.

Fellow Stanley School staff – A couple years ago, I accepted a full-time job as the in-house sub/data analyst at Stanley High School. My time at the school has been very enjoyable and I have learned a ton. Stanley has an amazing group of school staff that genuinely cares about the well-being of every student.

Thank you to everyone in the Stanley School District for helping to rekindle my passion for education.

Students of Stanley – I’m going to miss the laughs and the incredible personalities of all the students. There are great things in store for the students in Stanley. I wish you all the best of luck in all your future endeavors.

Kayla and I are thankful to have had the opportunity to work with this great group of students in the classroom. We also cherished our opportunity to have coached basketball, volleyball, baseball, and golf at Stanley High School.

The Stanley Gazette – The Stanley Blue Jays have had some amazing academic and athletic achievements over the past few years. It has been an honor to be able to highlight them on the Gazette.

In addition to covering Stanley Blue Jays activities, I have also enjoyed writing a variety of feature stories. A few of my favorites were: A Lasting Legacy: The Lyne Enget Story, #HunterStrong, #HunterStrong 2: Faith leads the way to recovery, and Morsette is the “Goat”. Thank you to everyone who helped out with these stories, it was a great experience.

Another highlight of the last few years was being able to collaborate with other media outlets on stories they were putting together about Stanley. I’ve met some great people in the media community and I look forward to working with them again in the future.

Broadcasting Stanley events was an incredible experience as well. Following the Blue Jays to the State Basketball Tournament the last two seasons, and watching Wyatt Hanson win the Mr. Basketball award will be difficult to top.

I really appreciate all of the feedback that I received (positive or negative). It was amazing to hear from people who were able to watch/listen to their grandson or granddaughter play for the first time via the live-stream. Their kind words made all of the time and effort worthwhile.

Another perk of launching the Gazette was it allowed us to connect with all of the wonderful people from the neighboring communities.

I will miss working with Stanley’s award-winning athletic director Brooks Stafslien on our mission to increase press-coverage for area athletes. Brooks deserves a lot of credit for all of the behind the scenes work that he does to help promote Stanley Athletics.

Thank you to everybody for all of the support. It was a very rewarding experience!

Community of Stanley: Most of all, we are going to miss the community of Stanley.

Kayla and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend the first two years of our marriage. We plan on staying in touch and we will continue to follow the Blue Jays from Bismarck.

Kayla and I will be forever grateful to everyone we have met during our time here.

Thank you!

*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. If you have any comments or concerns please email


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