News 8 has been honoring local teachers for 13 years. This week we're honoring Stephanie Scism from Monroe 1 One BOCES. Stephanie is a teacher with a can do attitude and she has good news to report.
I knew this was going to be a special News 8 Golden Apple surprise when all the leaders from Monroe 1 BOCES and Pittsford School Districts showed up. They wanted to help us honor Special Education Teacher Stephanie Scism at the Jefferson Road School.
Stephanie's boss is Cyndi Lembo, Principal of District Based Programs for Monroe 1 BOCES. Cyndi nominated Stephanie because she's a great teacher and because after a breast cancer diagnosis she didn't forget her students. "She always put her kids first. She wanted to make sure they were taken care of as well as meeting her own needs."
At least a dozen people walked into Stephanie's classroom to surprise her. Cyndi told her "You deserve this more than anybody I know. We are so lucky to have you on the district based team."
"This is truly my pleasure" said Stephanie. "I love coming to work everyday. And I can' tell you what it does for my heart to be here and make some difference for these children. It's wonderful."
Stephanie is one of the 150 BOCES 1 educators who teach their kids everything from reading and writing, to speaking, toilet training and how to eat their lunch.
She says the job is rewarding. "I am making a difference. I really feel I am making a difference."
Stephanie's students made a difference for her during her cancer treatments. In addition to her family they gave her something to fight for. And the good news? "My health is wonderful! And you can put this on the news, I am a breast cancer survivor."
Stephanie Scism is a News 8 Golden Apple Award winner. You can read the wonderful letter we received from Cyndi Lembo if you look below.
Dear News 8,
Stephanie Scism is one of the most caring, dedicated teachers I have ever had on my staff. As a special education teacher Stephanie looks at each child as an individual and designs lessons that support their unique learning needs. Her well rounded curriculum focuses on the whole child from academics to social emotional growth. She finds the good in each of her students and builds on it. Her 'we can do it' attitude is evident in her daily lesson planning for her students as well as how she supports her families and the large staff of paraprofessionals and related service providers.
Stephanie has recently dealt with a significant personal medical issue. Throughout the past year she has balanced her classroom and her personal needs. Her positive attitude and her ability to always make the right decision as whether to remain as the classroom leader or to take a leave when necessary has been inspiring. She found ways to minimize her time away from her students to keep consistency in their lives. As a principal I find Stephanie Scism to be hard working, dedicated and a role model for her peers. I am fortunate to have her on my team and would love to honor her with a Golden Apple
Principal, District Based Programs, Monroe 1 BOCES