Stephanie, an Oil City native, is a STEM teacher in the Oil City Area School District for students Kindergarten – 4th Grade and a Yoga Instructor at Trailasana Yoga Studio. She attended Edinboro University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and STEM Endorsement. Later, she received her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Studies at the University of Kansas. Stephanie hopes to obtain her Doctorate in Educational Technology and pursue a leadership position using that knowledge and curriculum background.
“I love working in this area because I am able to really connect with each student, both at the studio and in school. The small community allows me to build lasting relationships and get to know each person I meet on a much deeper level,” she said.
These relationships and connections have allowed her to get more involved, which in turn resulted in her getting nominated for awards like the Young Professional of the Year. She was also asked to present at The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C), a statewide event that provides programs focused on technology in the educational field.
Living in Venango County has allowed Stephanie to find her love for teaching yoga through attending numerous classes at Trailasana. She also enjoys hiking, biking, and going on adventures at Two Mile, Oil Creek, and the lengthy bike trails in the region. Driving around to see light displays is another one of her hobbies along with crafting.
She encourages everyone to invest some time to dig into the “rich history” of the area and to get involved with the community to make connections!