Greater Collegedale School System’s Mrs. Stacie Schepers Receives Award of Excellence
Written by: By Carolina Smith, Collegedale Academy Journalism Student, Class of 2020
At the 2018 North American Division of Seventh-Day Adventists Teachers’ Convention in Chicago, Illinois, A.W. Spalding’s beloved teacher, Stacie Schepers, received the Award of Excellence for outstanding educators in the North American Division.
Schepers has been teaching for 22 years and currently instructs first grade. Principal Tom Fogg confirms that this award is well-deserved due to the “incredible feat of Mrs. Schepers’ determination and teaching excellence.” Awarded by the Alumni Awards Foundation, Schepers was publicly recognized and received a certificate and a monetary gift.
One of the biggest contributions Schepers has made to the Greater Collegedale School System is her introduction of a Montessori program which has transitioned into the AWS Early Childhood Education Center. She helped create an environment where three-year-olds can learn and grow within a school setting, even at such a young age. Schepers’ commitment to successfully launch this unique program at AWS has left a strong imprint on the entire community. She is a tremendous inspiration to all of her students, and “has an uncanny ability to set a climate for learning in her classroom,” says Fogg.
When asked about her reaction to being chosen, Schepers admitted she was “shocked.” With more than 9,000 teachers eligible for the award, she could not believe she was one of the few selected. However, Schepers goes on to explain that this honorable award cannot compare to the many she receives every year in the classroom. “When I hear first graders reading at the end of the school year, watch them writing paragraphs and being able to do more difficult math problems, those are the best, deep-in-my-heart awards.” The idea she hopes her students remember most is simple — the assurance of their salvation in Jesus.