Teravista Elementary School fifth grade teacher Stephanie Stoebe has been nominated for the 2017-18 national LifeChanger of the Year award.
The award, sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, recognizes and rewards the best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
Stoebe was nominated for the honor by a parent of one of her students, Tammy Stephens, who said she is fortunate that Stoebe has taught both of her children.
“Mrs. Stoebe has the ability to not only connect with advanced students and keep them challenged, but to motivate, encourage, and foster the struggling students at the same time,” Stephens said. “ She has a way of making learning fun and engaging all of her students in her own unique style. Overall, she’s an outstanding LifeChanger and leader.”
After serving as a U.S. Army interrogator for four years, Stoebe worked in a corrections facility as an educational director. In 2009, Stoebe joined Round Rock ISD, where she remains today. During her time at Teravista, Stoebe worked closely with the Commissioner of Education and Texas Education Agency officials to advocate for students and teachers. She also served as a National Writing Project consultant and a state writing coach for the Texas Education Agency’s Write for Texas Literacy Initiative. Most recently, Stoebe was recognized as Round Rock ISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year.
If Stoebe is named a winner of the award, she will receive a $10,000 prize, which will be divided between herself and the school.
“I am deeply honored to have received this nomination for the National Life Group Lifechanger of the Year,” Stoebe said. “I strive to not only help my students find their voice in school but to help my students’ parents and fellow teachers find their voice. When we work together as a community to educate our children, we can then go on to educate our policymakers and make real changes in the future of every child.”
Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For 2016-2017, there will be a total of 15 individual LifeChanger of the Year awards.
In addition, a 16th prize, the “National Spirit Award,” is given to the school and nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. Support can be demonstrated through positive comments on the nominee’s profile page, social media posts and school and community recognition activities.
Stoebe’s profile can be found at the LifeChanger of the Year website.