Stephanie Towe, a second grade teacher at Old Bonhomme Elementary, received the January 2016 Excellence in Education Award at the Jan. 25 Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Stephanie on this prestigious recognition!
Stephanie began working for the Ladue School District as a teacher’s assistant at Conway Elementary School in the Fall of 1997. In 2001, she became a full-time teacher at Old Bonhomme. Before then, Stephanie taught at a small private school outside of Chicago in a multi-age classroom.
Old Bonhomme Principal Cheryl Kirchgessner says: “Stephanie stands out as a top-notch educator because she connects with all of her students no matter their skills, cultural background, or level of family involvement. The time and energy that Stephanie invests into her teaching is evident through the differentiated content she is able to provide for her students’ individual needs.”
Stephanie also recognizes how important it is that educators continue to think of themselves as learners, too. She takes risks in her planning and pushes herself to try new things that may be outside her experience or comfort zone. She consistently engages in professional development such as the Writing Cadre work in New York, the Communication Arts Committees, Cognitive Coaching practice, and the Standards Based Report Card work.
Stephanie’s independent problem-solving and resourcefulness are characteristics that make her a wonderful teacher, leader and mentor for young teachers and student teachers. She displays this leadership through her role as the OBPDC Chair and DPDC Representative.
Stephanie is a native of St. Louis. She and her husband, Tim Towe, have been together 17 years and have one son, 11-year-old Jack, who is a seventh-grader at Ladue Middle School.
Stephanie received her bachelor’s of science from Stephens College and her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Stephens College.