Educator of the Week: Mind over Matter

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Our educator of the week is more than a teacher to students. 

They said she is a friend, a listener and a guidance in life.

Mrs. Steele is also an English educator at John Sutter Middle School. 

She puts passion and feelings into her reading, but does so even more when it comes to showing her students that she cares.

“I love seeing kids get inspired and set goals for themselves and struggle and achieve what they have set out to do its really, I mean it’s why I do what I do,” said Mrs. Steele.  

And what she does is noticed by each and every student. 

They said she doesn’t just teach English.

She inspires them, gives them advice and is truly there for them through the tough times.  

“Couple month ago I had a cousin named Avery that passed away and I came in here and we needed donations for the funeral and she was the first one to donate and she said to keep my head up and that she will be in a better place and that really helped me during that time,” said student Gianni Cummings. 

Mrs. Steele is a firm believer of recognizing one’s struggles and turning those challenges into an opportunity to grow, just like the characters in the books do.

“And then I ask them how they have faced a challenge and how they have grown from that experience,” she explained. 

By what students shared, Mrs. Steele motivates them. 

At least for Nireya Padilla and that is why she nominated her to be the Educator of the Week. 

“She motivated me so much to do good in school and join the cross country team.”

Mrs Steele said students most remember her class for two things, when she reads to them and the way she makes them feel. 

“I don’t look at it as a career its just more my life’s mission,” Mrs. Steele said. 

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