Mrs. Stephens joined St. Stephen School faculty in 2008. She is the 7th Grade Homeroom Teacher and teaches Math (6th, 7th, & 8th grades) and Social Studies (7th and 8th grades). She co-chairs the National Elementary Honor Society and is faculty chair of the Yearbook Club and a volunteer Swim Coach.
Mrs. Stephens earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Alfred University majoring in Early Childhood/Childhood Education with a concentration in Math and Minors included Math and Coaching. A Master of Science Degree in Education was earned at Alfred University as well with a Specialty in Literacy. Mrs. Stephens remains a member of Omicron Delta Kappa.
Certificates are held in:
- Early Childhood Education (Birth- Grade 2)
- Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
- Literacy (Birth-Grade 6)
- Mathematics 7-12
Some thoughts from Mrs Stephens:
In your opinion, what is special about St. Stephen School?
St. Stephen School is truly another family away from your true family. It is a safe, vibrant, and comfortable place to learn and express the Catholic faith. Because of smaller classes and the love that teachers have for teaching, students gain a wide range of knowledge in all subject areas.
Why did you want to become a teacher/administrator?
I wanted to become a teacher so I could pass on my love of learning. I enjoy watching confidence grow in a subject or the proverbial light bulb go on during a tough topic.
Do you have a specific goal to achieve through your teaching, a philosophy or desired outcome?
I would like to boost students’ confidence in subject areas they feel they struggle in by teaching the information in many different ways, so all can understand.
What are you most proud of regarding your teaching experience at St. Stephens?
I am most proud of helping many students feel more comfortable and confident in math. My favorite story happened in my first year. I had a student come up to me and tell me that he hated math and will probably never like it. So, later in the year this student was participating in class, completing homework assignments, and doing better than he has done before. This excitement for math is what I hope I can bring to not just one student in a year, but many students all at once.
Do your students often participate in certain contests or receive recognition?
For Social Studies, my 7th and 8th graders participate in the National Social Studies League Contest.
Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself?
It is wonderful to be teaching at a private Catholic school. I went to Stella Niagara Education Park for my elementary school and then moved onto Mount Saint Mary Academy for high school. I enjoyed my years in a private Catholic setting and I am happy that God has led me to teach at St. Stephen’s. In addition to teaching math and social studies, it is so wonderful to be able express the Catholic faith throughout the day.