Featured Teacher: Stephanie Anderson

By Amanda Roland

Meet Stephanie Anderson, Giggle most recent featured teacher:

At what school to you work currently?

Stephen Foster Elementary School

What grade/age do you teach?

Third grade magnet

How long have you been a teacher?

This is my 4th year teaching

What is your favorite book?

Oh! That is a hard question! Recently my favorite book was “The Program” and I love reading “Frindle” with the kids.

What subject do you teach?

All of them- math, language arts, social studies, science, and a program unique to our school called Leader In Me, which is based off “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Steven Covey

Why were you inspired to teach?

I was inspired to teach by former teachers of mine. When I looked back in my life
and who really impacted me there were 2 specific teachers (aside from family) that came to my mind. I knew I wanted to make a difference in kids’ lives and I thought that there was no better way then becoming an educator.

What is your favorite part of the school day?

My favorite part of the school day actually is not a subject; I love the morning when kids are arriving. Greeting each student and hearing about their morning or how they are doing is such fun time and builds great relationships. If I had to pick a subject, I would say math. Watching the kids figure it out is so fun! The joy when it clicks is like nothing else.

Do you have a favorite assignment/ project that you typically assign your students?

Hmmm… my favorite assignment that I assign my students is during our medieval unit! Each student is required to make a ‘Coat of Arms’ that they feels represents them. They really get into this assignment and their personalities definitely shine through. They also get to do a lot of fun research with the project and find out what different things mean. The products are awesome!

How do you wind down from a long day of teaching?

My favorite way to end a long day is actually by going to the gym. I love the gym; it is definitely my happy place. After that, I enjoy going home and either hanging out with my boyfriend, friends or family while eating pizza.

What do you like to do outside of the classroom?

Go to the gym, go to the movies, go out to eat, bake, play with my dog, swim, outdoors activities and go bowling.

Share a funny teaching moment/day.

Oh, my goodness there are so many moments where I just laugh in my head.

If you were a superhero, who would you be?

I would be Wonder Woman or Spiderman easily.

What is something fun you plan on doing over Thanksgiving break?

Thanksgiving Break? I haven’t even planned dinner yet!

What is your favorite Thanksgiving side?

Anything that involves GRAVY- so mashed potatoes or stuffing!

Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond for his students? An administrator who is truly devoted to making her school a better place? Giggle Magazine wants to know!

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