Meet Our Student Interns - Julia Coffey and Stephanie Steiner

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    Hello! My name is Julia Coffey, and I am so excited to begin my student teaching journey here at Burns Park in Ms. Chester’s fourth-grade classroom!

    After graduating from Brighton High School, I worked as a nanny, and those years of working with children led me to discover that I wanted to pursue a career in teaching. This brought me to Eastern Michigan University.  I currently live in Ann Arbor, and I love this city so much and hope to call it my forever home!

     I am fortunate enough to have had many classroom experiences through my education program at Eastern. I completed my pre-student teaching in a fifth-grade classroom at Owen Intermediate School and in a second-grade classroom at Edgemont Elementary School in Belleville. During my time as a board member of KDP, an international honors society in education, I volunteered in a program called Literacy Alive at Ypsilanti International Elementary School and also with the Community Action Network as a Read to Succeed volunteer. I couldn’t be more excited to continue gaining classroom experience this fall at Burns Park!

    I have a three-year-old daughter named Soleil, and, in my spare time, you will find me cuddled up reading stories with her. I also enjoy hiking outdoors (Eberwhite Trails are my favorite here in Ann Arbor), cooking, and traveling with my family.

    I am looking forward to working with you and your children. This year will look different, but I am ready to make the most out of this unique opportunity!

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    Hello! My name is Stephanie Steiner, and I am so excited to be working with Ms. Chester and supporting the class part-time in the fall and full-time in the winter. This is my final year of school, and I am excited to spend it with you and your children! 

    I am a wife and mother of two girls, 12-year-old (Layla) and 2-year-old (Aubrey), with whom I love spending all of my available time. My family loves being outdoors, and we travel to northern Michigan several times a year. We enjoy the natural beauty and all of the wonders northern Michigan has to offer. 

    I began this journey when I accepted a classroom paraprofessional job in my eldest daughter's kindergarten class at a Title One school in Ypsilanti. I soon fell in love with the job and the relationships I was creating with all of my students along with their families. I knew I wanted to lead my own classroom, therefore, I decided to return to school and obtain my bachelor’s degree. I received my associate’s degree from Washtenaw Community College and transferred to the University of Michigan at the start of my junior year. I have enjoyed learning and growing through my program. 

    Throughout my program at University of Michigan, I have worked in elementary schools in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. I have been very fortunate to gain experience and study at both of these schools, and I couldn't be happier to be at Burns Park this year. This year is a learning experience for everyone, and I am very excited to work along with Ms. Chester and Julia Coffey as we all traverse this new and different school year with you and your children!