Stephanie joined Dakota County Technical College in the fall of 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1998, her Associate of Science degree in veterinary technology from Madison Area Technical College in 2001 and her Master of Arts degree in teaching from Hamline University in 2014. She has licensures in veterinary technology, as a certified veterinary technician (CVT), and as secondary school science teacher. Her experience in veterinary technology has been in general practice, mixed animal practice, emergency medicine and in dermatology and oncology specialties at the University of Minnesota Veterinary College. Stephanie taught middle and high school science from 2014 to 2021. She thrilled to be at DCTC where she can merge her passion for animal healthcare and teaching.
Stephanie quotes Haim Ginott who stated, “It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal.” Stephanie further explains, “This philosophy is not only applied to educating children but to anyone that is in a position of leading others. I model this and encourage my students to remember this as they interact with peers, coworkers and clients.”
When Stephanie is not teaching she enjoys spending time listening to live music, traveling, hiking, skijoring and spending time with her husband, two children and many pets.