Mrs. Ortiz joined St. Stephen School faculty in 2004 and taught Kindergarten until 2013. She currently is an assistant principal. Mrs. Ortiz has been the recipient of several Tonawanda/Grand Island Teacher center mini-grants.
In the summer months, Mrs. Ortiz has served as the Director of the St. Stephens Summer Camp. In this position she was responsible for providing a safe and enjoyable environment for children.
Mrs. Ortiz has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Canisius College and was recognized as Citizen of the Year in Education for 2011 by the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce.
While attending Canisius College to become an English teacher, she worked as a student aide for the U.S. Customs Service. Upon graduation, Mrs. Ortiz taught 4th grade at the former Diocesan Educational Campus in Buffalo, but was also offered a full-time permanent position with the U.S. Customs Service. These positions included working on the border between Buffalo, Niagara Falls and the Thousand Islands as an Inspector and Supervisory Inspector and later as an Entry Officer. Mrs. Ortiz left the government to raise her family and five years later returned to her first intended career of teaching (along with her children) to St. Stephens.
Mrs. Ortiz has served as a religious education teacher for St. Stephen’s home group for public school students.
Some thoughts from Miss Cacciatore:
In your opinion, what is special about St. Stephen School?
St. Stephen’s School is more than a school, it is a family. I have met so many wonderful people through St. Stephens.
Why did you want to become a teacher/administrator?
Since I was young I wanted to become a teacher. It is a very rewarding job!
What are you most proud of regarding your teaching experience at St. Stephens?
It was truly an honor to be recognized as Educator of the Year in 2011 by the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce.