Mrs. Hoplight joined the St. Stephen School faculty in 2003. She teaches Grade 5 Math, Social Studies and ELA. After school Mrs. Hoplight serves as an advisor to the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS), and the Red Ribbon club. She was the recipient of the Celino and Barnes grant for teachers as well as the Tonawanda/Grand Island Teacher Center grant for classroom materials.
Mrs. Hoplight holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in English and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Niagara University with certification in Elementary Education. Prior experience included the position of a Montessori teacher’s assistant, and a substitute teacher at Lewiston Porter and Wilson.
Some thoughts from Mrs Hoplight:
In your opinion, what is special about St. Stephen School?
Teachers expect students to reach high educational goals as well as high moral standards.
Why did you want to become a teacher/administrator?
I enjoy interacting with children and seeing them grow into well-rounded adults.
Do you have a specific goal to achieve through your teaching, a philosophy or desired outcome?
I feel it is my responsibility to help prepare our children for our future.
What are you most proud of regarding your teaching experience at St. Stephens?
I work hard at keeping students interests. Fieldtrips, projects, and a variety of activities help to keep interest, and helps students stay motivated.
Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself?
Many students are eager to participate in clubs, activities and teams offered by St. Stephens. We have had students win scholarships, money and trips.