Learning is NO LOnger a drag.
Learning is NO LOnger a drag.
Stephanie has taught in some of the most prestigious programs in the world for her area of interest, including Brown University where she spent seven years as a doctoral student in Renaissance Literature, and Loyola University of Chicago’s Rome Center for Liberal Arts. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in Renaissance and Medieval Literature and Foreign Languages.
On 9/11 Stephanie lost students, family and friends. She was living and teaching in Italy at Loyola University of Chicago’s Rome Center for Liberal Arts. Given the loss her family and friends were experiencing back home, she began to feel like living as an ex-pat was the easy way out. After the 2002/2003 academic year she returned state-side.
Upon returning to the States, she soon discovered very little demand for Renaissance and Medieval Literature professors and embarked on a fifteen-year voyage in advertising in Manhattan. Her portfolio includes Fortune 100 companies and global brands in the retail and CPG categories. During her career she received many awards, most notably (and rewarding) was an acknowledgment in 2013 from the not-for-profit arm of the United Nations, F4D, for her work on a human rights cause marketing campaign to raise awareness about the poor work conditions in factories in China. The campaign was a call to action within the fashion industry to practice sustainable fair-trade and ameliorate work conditions.
(See the 2013 launch of H&M Conscious Collection).
In the summer of 2015 Stephanie was presented with an opportunity to return to teaching as an adjunct Professor at a small two-year college in the Poconos where she spent her weekends as a barn rat at the local stables. She couldn’t resist the offer to return to teaching and riding. By the Fall of 2015 she had completely retreated from her ad career and moved to the country on a full-time basis.
The following summer of 2016, the 100th year celebration of the National Parks, a road-trip out west to camp and hike seemed ideal. Seven weeks later, she and her boyfriend had hiked and camped 11 parks across Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. While in New Mexico, on the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, Stephanie’s life-long dream of halter taming wild-mustangs for adoption, part of the BLM program, came true. The adjacent photo is of Stephanie halter taming Drambuie in 2016.
In 2017, Stephanie moved to Charleston and lives in West Ashley on the Stono River. Stephanie grew up in the northwest panhandle of Florida, in Fort Walton Beach, lower Alabama. Charleston was a fond family destination during her childhood, she feels back home.
She is mindful of her southern roots, the hard work and dedication it required to succeed at both her academic endeavors and professional ambitions. Granted right here in Charleston one can live a full live, but that’s not the point. The point is that all children should have the opportunity to see and experience the world and receive the best educational experiences possible. She believes that the strength and courage needed to fuel intellectual curiosity begins at an early age of learning to read and think critically so that children can speak and write with confidence. Only then can children of today trust in themselves and embrace a life of learning, exceeding expectations and breaking boundaries tomorrow.
Stephanie's sojourn in the ad world was not void of her deeper commitment to learning. She volunteered for years with the Hudson Guild's Mad Scientist Program which is an after school program for economically underprivileged gifted children on Manhattan's Lower West Side. Additionally, she served from 2009 until 2014 as an interviewer for early admission candidates from the Bronx and Lower Westchester for Brown University. In other words, she has always stayed true to her love of learning. This is why she founded LOLCHS and is currently completing a second MA in Teaching High School English with a specialization in Literacy at the Citadel.