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Lessons from the heart: Stephens of Winfield is Teacher of the Year

Lessons from the heart: Stephens of Winfield is Teacher of the Year

As a fifth-grader in western Pennsylvania, Cathy Stephens was once cast as Betsy Ross in the school play.  She recalled being an "unlikely choice," but her teacher, Nancy Morrison, saw something special in her and gave her the confidence to take the part and change her outlook on life.

The Eldersburg Eagle

May 7, 2008

 

As a fifth-grader in western Pennsylvania, Cathy Stephens was once cast as Betsy Ross in the school play.

 

She recalled being an "unlikely choice," but her teacher, Nancy Morrison, saw something special in her and gave her the confidence to take the part and change her outlook on life.

 

She became involved in school clubs and went on to receive a "promising educator" scholarship as a high school student.

 

When Stephens started teaching as her own career 18 years ago, a letter arrived at her school from Morrison.

 

In it was a photo of Stephens from that fifth-grade year and a one sentence note that read, "Never forget what it was like to be the student."

 

Stephens was named Carroll County Teacher of the Year at a ceremony on April 30, and will now go on to represent Carroll County in the State awards program.

 

. . . However, her teaching career actually started even before she had her degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University.

 

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