I have known Stephanie for approximately ten years. I hired Stephanie as teacher’s aid when I was the administrator of Providence Christian Academy after seeing her in action at my church where she worked with both adults and children in choirs and Praise Teams.
At Providence she interacted with student, parents, and staff. She was often called upon to substitute for absent teachers. She was reliable, knowledgeable, and competent in the classroom. She was also very insightful – one such incident was while teaching a very bright but very shy, withdrawn child Stephanie noticed his interest in music. After speaking to his parents, Stephanie began giving him piano lessons after school. This child progressed at an unexpected pace in just a short time. I recently learned that this child, now a high school senior, gave a concert in Carnegie Hall this year.
Stephanie has a wealth of knowledge and personal ability in both vocal and instrumental music. She is also very creative and doesn’t hesitate to offer suggestions to make a performance even better. She has a unique ability to make learning fun while holding high standards and encouraging her students to work hard. She doesn’t hesitate to make constructive criticisms in a way to help her students improve without demeaning their self-esteem. She, also, was willing to take suggestions and implement them as requested. I found her to be a willing and diligent worker who not only did what was expected of her, but frequently did even more – such as in extra curricular work. Her honesty and integrity were beyond reproach.