Stephanie chose to work in education because she wanted to pay it forward to parents and children. She remembers crying in her own son’s first IEP meeting and being supported by great educators – Sharon Whaley and Leslie Shelton. That quarter, with the support of those around him, her son went on to make the Principal’s Honor Roll!
“That put a spark in me so big. I told myself that’s the feeling that I want to give a parent whose child is struggling with a disability of any kind. I want someone’s child to feel like they can do anything, because I believe in them. So, I took the journey and here I am loving what I do every single day,” Stephanie says of her experience.
As you can imagine, Stephanie feels the greatest joy when she is able to announce her student’s names at Lester Prep awards ceremonies and when her students win events around the school, such as Homecoming runner-up.
With her passion for education, it’s hard to imagine Stephanie outside of the classroom. If she was to explore other career options, Stephanie would still work with children as a party coordinator because she loves the joy children have when twisted balloons and airbrush tattoos are involved!
Stephanie was born and raised in Memphis and loves watching the Grizzlies – from good seats of course, eating barbeque at One and Only, and walking at Shelby Farms.
Next time you see Stephanie in the LP halls, ask her more about her experience with the United States Army!