After raising her children, Stephany Elliott took her education - a Bachelor of Science in Education - back to the halls of education to begin a new career at Stephenville High School. Almost two decades later, Mrs. Elliott served her last day at SHS and is ready for new adventures.
"My future plans are to enjoy my grandkids, travel with my precious friends, catch up on my reading and start my Bucket List," she said. "It is going to be wonderful!"
Mrs. Elliott recently reflected on her career and shared her love of the job with the Empire-Tribune.
"This has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life," she said. "I tell everyone that I have had the best job in high school, and I mean that with my whole heart. Each new year has presented its challenges, but with the amazing staff at the high school, all of them have been met."
While she is leaving behind her teaching career, Mrs. Elliott said there are things she will take with her.
"As I leave this wonderful experience - It has never seemed like a job, it has been a labor of love - I carry all of them with me to my next adventure," Elliot said.
1 - What led you to become an educator?
"As women go through life they reinvent themselves with every new challenge. After raising my children and realizing when my youngest child was ready to leave for college and my house was going to be quiet for the first time in almost 30 years, I decided to go looking for my next adventure, because I knew I did not want to stay home. I had been the typical mom volunteer for years and helped Leon Manley start the new Renaissance Academic Booster Club at the high school, so I started there. Mr. Manley was looking for an aide to help Cathy Hodges and a person to run the Learning Lab. Perfect timing!"
2 - Tell us about the learning lab
"At first, the lab was Content Mastery, and I helped learning disabled students, then the name was changed to Learning Lab, and it was then open to all students. If anything, the learning lab has evolved into a quiet and safe learning environment, and (with me) being “old school," there are no exceptions."
3 - What do you feel is the biggest challenge students face and how do you help them overcome the hurdle?
"The greatest challenge today for our students is state testing. It is so wrong on so many levels. Making good choices is what I try to stress to all my students."
4 - What are the fondest memories you will take with you from SHS?
"There are so many wonderful memories. The best ones involve “my kids,” that is what I call them, and the other is just being involved with this campus and this faculty.