Stephanie is a mom, teacher, volunteer, and Deer Valley Unified School District governing board member.
Stephanie’s journey began in Oregon, where she was educated by remarkable teachers who instilled in her a passion for learning and a commitment to giving back.
After receiving her Bachelor's degree in Communication from Portland State University, she ventured into the professional world, seeking meaning and a way to contribute to her community.
Stephanie remained in the city and began working in a law firm. She later moved back to her hometown to begin a career in project management for a web development company. Although she loved her work, she longed to have a profession that would provide meaning, one that would give back to the community, and one that helps others be successful.
In 2014, her family was blessed with the opportunity to make Arizona home. She received her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University and began teaching for the Deer Valley Unified School District. It was when she entered the classroom that she indeed found her purpose.
Working with 1st graders was rewarding and challenging, and it reaffirmed her belief in the power of education to transform lives. She saw firsthand the positive impact of diverse teaching methods, dedicated staff, and engaged parents.
At the same time Stephanie was teaching, her youngest daughter was facing some challenges in her development. When it was time to renew her contract Stephanie, unfortunately, had to make the decision to leave the classroom so she could meet the needs of her family, but is proud to advocate for students on the Deer Valley School Board.