Ms. Stepanek, also known as Ms. S, is a new ninth grade Math teacher at Santa Barbara High School. She chose this career path because she has always loved tutoring since she was young, she found it rewarding. She is looking forward to having students come back to the classroom and to interact with them. Ms. S chose to teach high school students because she says they have good personalities and always make her laugh. When I asked what her favorite and least favorite part of the job is she responded, “ I don’t prefer to do lesson planning because it takes a while and I like seeing students engaging and seeing them have their “aha moments”. If she wasn’t a high school teacher she would want to work at an outdoor school, and she would want to teach younger kids. When interviewing her I asked, “What are her future hopes for teaching?” She replied, “I hope to understand when students get confused and hope to explain it well so they can get a better understanding.”
Overall Ms. S is an understanding teacher. In her free time she likes to hike with her cats, read, and rock climb. She is also a cat lover. Ms. S wants the best for her students and for them to succeed in her class. I hope you have found interest in reading about Ms. Stepanek.