Author: Jenna Jeffrey
Published: Thursday, 27 May 2021
Junior Achievement and MEMIC recognize educators as role models and mentors who help empower, motivate, and prepare students to envision their future and ignite a passion for continuous learning. The "Extraordinary Educators" campaign will take a closer look at Maine educators, their stories, their commitment to serving Maine’s youth, and the impact they have on their students.
Take a look at our Q&A with Stefanie Duron of All Saints Catholic School!
What made you want to become a teacher?
This is my 27th year as an educator. I began teaching in 1985 because I loved working with children and found I had been given a gift to help them learn.
Do you have a favorite memory as a teacher?
The most important thing I love about teaching is seeing the look in a student’s eyes when he or she “gets it”.
Why do you choose to bring JA to your students?
I chose to bring JA into my classroom because it is a fun, hands-on way for children to learn the basics of economics. Having an outside JA facilitator gives my students the chance to meet someone who works in business and can tell about first hand experiences as entrepreneurs.
Do you have a favorite JA moment in your classroom?
One of my favorite moments was when I found out one of my students had started her own business of 3D printing items to sell. I am continually impressed that students retain the economic vocabulary and concepts long after they leave my classroom.
What do you hope your students take away from their time with you?
I hope that including JA in my curriculum each year will encourage students to become entrepreneurs and stay right here in Maine to live and work.
Thank you Stefanie for all you do for Maine students!
Follow the Extraordinary Educators campaign on JA's social media platforms as we highlight Maine educators, their stories, their commitment to serving Maine’s youth, and the impact they have on their students.