Stephanie is an Elementary Teacher with a passion for helping children reach their fullest potential academically, socially, and emotionally. She was born and raised in Valparaiso, Indiana where she earned a BS in Business Administration from Valparaiso University. She moved to Colorado in 1999 and decided to follow her dream of working with children. She then got her teaching certification and Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado and started teaching third grade. She loves being in the classroom, connecting with the students and their families, and helping children grow as individuals. She incorporates character education and mindfulness into the academic curriculum to foster development of the whole child. Stephanie is also a mother of two daughters and attended Girl’s Leadership workshops with them, which brought her to this incredible organization. She is thrilled to be a GL Educator and to follow her passion of teaching and empowering both children and parents to be their best authentic selves. She also knows it’s important to make time for herself, and she enjoys reading, blogging, hiking, exploring nature, and spending time with her family and friends.