Stephanie is a leadership coach with Instructional Empowerment. She works with school leaders to develop evidence-based practices and systems of instruction that grow and support educators and student agency. Stephanie is passionate about helping leaders create a collaborative instructional culture based in equity and rigor.

She retired after 27 years in Missouri in both private and public education as a teacher, tennis coach, instructional technology coordinator, curriculum director, and principal where she worked in a turnaround middle school and made gains in student achievement growth. Stephanie was also named the Missouri Journalism Teacher of the Year and spent ten years working with the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism to provide support and programming opportunities for scholastic journalists and teachers with a focus on equity and inclusion. She sat on the board of the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association as president, vice president, and treasurer, as well as working for the university as the coordinator for journalism competitions and summer programs.

Stephanie holds a dual BA in English and Secondary Education, with minors in Spanish and psychology from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. She holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction in English/Journalism Education from the University of Missouri and went on to earn an Education Specialist degree in PK-12 Educational Leadership and Administration – Secondary Principal and Superintendency through Mizzou’s Education Leadership & Policy Analysis program. The power of learning through collaboration in her own education transferred to her practice in the classroom and leadership roles and has been her focus for helping leaders build leaders.