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Steph was born and raised just outside of Hartford, Connecticut. She was an active thespian, singer, gymnast, and cheerleader, and has come back to teaching and coaching these extra-curricular activities throughout her career.  She believes strongly in supporting and teaching students in and outside of the classroom.

The motto of “Challenge Convention, Change Our World” is one of the reasons Steph applied early decision to Clark University and stayed after acquiring her BA in History to obtain a Masters of Arts in Teaching. Steph consistently challenges the educational status quo to give her students every opportunity available.  She has experience teaching in public and independent schools; urban, suburban, rural, traditional college preparatory and progressive holistic schools. Steph has been a champion for experiential education, most notably she has organized field trips where students step back into time to do genuine, original research using a wide variety of primary and secondary sources.

During her tenure at Hopkins School in New Haven, Steph supported extensive professional development in areas of student research and writing in history, as well as attending several Learning and the Brain conferences.  She was also her department’s technology ambassador and embraces using technology in the classroom when appropriate.  (She is a staunch supporter of the science that maintains that hand-written notes improve students’ abilities to process and internalize information!) In her ten years of teaching, Steph has taught US History, Global Communities, Big History, Ancient Civilizations, History of Theater, Modern World History, Law Concepts, and Human Rights.

For a brief time in her career, Steph was an administrator at a small independent school.  As Director of Student Life she was in charge of extra-curricular offerings, electives, professional development opportunities, and school and community celebrations of holidays and educational events.

Before moving to Maui, Steph was a board member of a local CSA, lived in a co-op providing an active social life for Jewish 20-somethings, spoken at national and international conferences about connecting food and spirituality, and has taught quilting, knitting, and cooking to students of all ages.

ssperber@mauiprep.org

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