As the school year comes to a close, MBU celebrates seven local alumni educators who were named teachers of the year for 2018–19.
One of them is Katherine Stevey ’08, who teaches sixth grade science at Kate Collins Middle School. She received both the building-level and system-wide teacher of the year award for Waynesboro City Schools.
Looking back to when she started college at age 32, Stevey remembered feeling overwhelmed by all of the things she did not know. She had struggled in school when she was younger, and did not feel confident at the beginning of her journey toward a college degree.
“The thing that Mary Baldwin gave me that helped me to be successful in the classroom was teachers who cared about me as an individual,” Stevey said.
Now in her own classroom, Stevey is dedicated to giving that same kind of personalized attention to her students.
“I look at every student as a unique individual, and aspire to help them all learn the content that I teach no matter their background or level of understanding coming into my classroom,” she said. “I want students to know that they are moving toward their best future self.”