Peters Elementary – Stephanie Harwood, 3rd Grade
Third grade teacher Stephanie Harwood has been named the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year for Peters Elementary School.
“Due to the inspiration of teachers in my life, I have a profound love and passion for children. Educators helped guide me throughout my trials and goals,” Harwood said. “They added to my life and my success. I wanted to bestow that kindness, love, compassion, and guidance in all children that walk through my classroom. I wanted to dedicate my life to the success and happiness of every child that I meet. To facilitate that, being an educator was the only clear career path for me.”
To say this year has been different, however, is an understatement almost.
“This year has been a like a rushing river, things have been changing at a rapid pace and at times can be difficult to understand and deal with,” Harwood said. “Just as with any change in the tide, the old is washed away and new and brighter things can be found in its place. We’ve built new ways to connect. Now, instead of handshakes we use foot bumps. We use new platforms to instruct. Instead of face-to-face instruction, we implement a virtual aspect to teaching. All of the things have been difficult. But, with hard work and perseverance teachers have risen to the challenge and continue to meet the needs of their students.”
Harwood interned at Peters in a second grade classroom in 2016. “After graduation, I started a long-term substitute position in a kindergarten class in 2017. Upon completion of my sub position, I was hired on to be a third grade educator in the fall of 2017. I have been in this position ever since.”