|Selfie outside of my last school|
I started in Columbia Public Schools in 1989 at Lee Elementary School after graduating from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. I taught third grade for three years and then was switched to sixth grade. I was scared to go to the sixth grade but it probably was one of my most favorite years. I was the Young Astronaut advisor at Lee and a group of students and I went to Washington, D.C. to participate in a conference. Lee was an arts integrated school and I loved working with my art teacher and music teacher in my classroom. I was initiated into Delta Kappa Gamma while teaching in Columbia.
|Enlarge to see my first school picture!|
In 1993 we moved to Jefferson City and I was hired to teach fourth grade at West School. I taught fourth grade, fourth/fifth grade and fifth grade while there. I started a Book Club for teachers with the encouragement of my principal, Marcia Heberle. The Book Club is still meeting today! This was my longest run in a single building and I built some wonderful teacher friendships that still last today and family relationships where I had all or nearly all the kids in the family; Kiekhaefers, Wildings, Newmans, and others. I know I was influential in creating another teacher in one of my students, which is an honor I hold dear to my heart. During this time I was so fortunate to become a National Board Certified Teacher, a STARR teacher (and became friends for life with my co STARRS), MSTA President (district level), Teacher of the Year finalist and Chair of the Professional Development Committee. As a teacher I was able to work with DESE on writing for the MAP test in Language Arts and Math, and worked with State Certification on the new teacher certification path. I was initiated Alpha Delta Kappa education sorority. I earned my Masters Degree from Lincoln University in 2000 in The Elementary Principalship. This was such a rewarding part of my career. Working with students, watching them grow, seeing the profession take off!
|Such a typical teaching outfit!! This is at a MSTA conference at the Lake, around 1996|
|Mrs. Steffes as Zero the Hero|
As I ready to move into a career in Professional Development, I am eager to use my knowledge and expertise in helping those in Missouri see what dedicated teachers can do when given the tools to be successful in the classroom. I am looking forward to serving the University of Missouri and the Heart of Missouri Regional Professional Development Center doing just that.