Sewanhaka High School mathematics teacher Stefanie Dunphy was named the Teacher of the Month for December, nominated by Mathematics Chairperson Patricia Aiello.
“It has been my pleasure to work side-by-side with Stef for the last 10 years,” said Aiello. “Her upbeat personality and willingness to always pitch in makes her a positive addition to the mathematics department.”
Dunphy’s love of math extends outside the classroom. She is the school’s senior high Mathlete’s coach and draws students of all levels of mathematical ability to the club. As an extremely dedicated adviser, she has never missed a competition. She goes beyond the expectations of the position and brings the team to competitions beyond the ones scheduled by the district.
“Stef gives 100 percent to everything she does and goes above and beyond to help her fellow colleagues,” Aiello added. “Her genuine disposition allows her to work in harmony with colleagues and makes her extremely well liked by students.”
Dunphy’s passion for teaching has been described as “palpable,” with her students on the edge of their seats to participate in the lesson. Her sense of humor and positive personality is endearing to her students.
—Sewanhaka Central High School District