Mr. Kenline joined St. Stephens in 2014 as our science teacher for grades 5 to 8. He is a Navy veteran who served on active duty for 30 years and after retiring, earned a BS in Biology and Secondary Education from SUNY College at Buffalo. He graduated in 2011 and was a substitute teacher in WNY before accepting his current position with St. Stephens.
In addition to teaching science, Mr. Kenline heads up our school’s Beekeeper’s Club and Garden Club.
We have recently added a greenhouse to our campus and we use it as an extension of our classrooms to expand the students experiences with “hands on” learning. The students have used the greenhouse to start the plants that were used in our grade-level gardens as we initiated our School Garden program with a grant from the Whole Kids Foundation.
Our Beekeeper’s Club is open to our 5th through 8th grade students, giving them a unique opportunity to experience caring for a working beehive. The students experience the set up of a new hive, installing a honeybee swarm, and monitoring the health and progress of the bees as they establish their new home.
Some thoughts from Mr Kenline:
In your opinion, what is special about St. Stephen School?
In the brief time I’ve been here, there is a pervasive sense of family. It is apparent among the faculty and staff, and became more evident when the children arrived for our first day together.
Why did you want to become a teacher/administrator?
I enjoyed my experience working with adult learners in the Navy, and wanted to continue working with young people after leaving the service. Having driven a school bus for half a year, I also realized that I would much prefer having the students in front of me than behind me in a large moving vehicle.
Do you have a specific goal to achieve through your teaching, a philosophy or desired outcome?
My goal as a teacher is to have students realize that learning at any age is an exciting experience. Being a non-traditional student most of my life, I appreciate much more the things I learned through experiences. I also hope that I help students understand that some of life’s best lessons happen when things do not necessarily go as planned. Failure, although it seems to have become something that some feel children should be sheltered from, can be a very important tool if a person realizes that there is something to be learned from the experience. Helping them through these times is something I learned working with young Sailors as they adjust to the challenges of military life.
What are you most proud of regarding your teaching experience at St. Stephen's?
So far, I made it through the first day……..