Because this is my website ,I get to pick the Very First Teacher Spotlight! Stephanie was my co-teacher the year I was freshly hired as a preschool teacher. I was clueless and lacked experience, but Steph did what she does best, used her magic touch and taught me a tremendous amount.
I never would have survived, nor would I have continued on in my career had it not been for her. She is smart, funny, creative and incredibly gifted (plus also communicates through movie quotes and lines from popular music, so totally gets me). Her love for her students is heart-warming and overwhelmingly inspiring.
What age/grade/subject do you teach?
How long have you been teaching?
About 20 years (has it really been that long?!)
What made you decide on becoming a teacher?
I had many wonderful teachers growing up and their impact on me made me want to impact others.
What is your favorite subject/topic to teach?
I love doing fun art projects!
What would you say is the most rewarding part of your job?
When students know they are loved and cared for. Closely followed by those “aha” moments when what a child is learning clicks.
What has been one of your greatest struggles inside of the classroom?
Lately it has been reaching and teaching kids who spend most of their time exposed to electronics and have a lot of screen time. It takes so much more to capture their attention and keep them interested.
How do you unwind at night?
Snuggle with my kids and maybe watch a light hearted TV show.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Spend time with my family and shopping.
What helps you to push through when burn-out is beginning to set in?
Lots of coffee and laughter.
What is a childhood memory of yours that you find motivates you to be the best teacher you can be?
I do not have one specific memory but I think of my teachers Ms. Griffin, Mr. Weaver, and Ms. Heath who helped me during some vulnerable times in my childhood.
Had you not become a teacher, what could you see yourself doing instead?
I am not really sure what else I would do! I feel like God placed this calling on my life. Maybe an event planner?!
What is your favorite Starbucks (or coffee shop of choice) drink?
Starbucks; I am too old to be cool enough for places like Dutch Bros. or Temple Coffee.
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