Education is Stephenie’s second career and her first love.Stephenie spent 16 years in the Banking and Finance Industry before leaving in 2001 to become a Math Teacher. When asked, “If you were not in the field of banking what would you do?” She always responded, “Teach math”. She has worked as a Supervisor of Mathematicsin several New Jersey Districts, supervising as many as150 educational professionals at times. In her position she has initiatedprofessional learning communities to support teacher development and enhance student achievement, implemented the use of common formative assessments, introduced educational technology to support student comprehension and engagement, created a professional development website, and established partnerships with out-of-district schools to promote peer observations and collaboration.Her signature accomplishment was an In-District Math Teacher Institute. This four-phase institute included a series of summer workshops to address the mathematics knowledge required for elementary teachers to effectively implement the Common Core Standards, school-year in-class coaching and debriefing sessions to address teacher practice and implementation of the standards, and in-district college course offerings during the school year. She credits these opportunities with enhancingher organizational and leadership skills while creating a culture of collaboration centered on student achievement.
Stephenie’s strength in data analysis, budget development, curriculum development, action plan development, workshop development and seminar presentation, and staff evaluation have assisted her in being an effective educational leader and resource for her staff. She maintains that an education leader is an effective instructional leader that encourages collegiality for the sake of promoting open and honest discussions about teaching practices and instruction; moving teachers beyond coverers of materials towards educational intellects focused creating equitable and socially just experiences for students.
Stephenie holds a Degree in Economics from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and two a Masters’s Degree from Montclair State University (MA Social Science with a concentration in Economics andMA Educational Leadership). She is a 2022 Doctoral candidate in Teacher Education and Teacher Development. She holds NJ certifications for the positions of: School Administrator, Principal, Supervisor, Mathematics, and Elementary Education K-8.
Stephenie is currently employed by the Princeton Board of Education where she serves as the District Supervisor of Mathematics and Business Education. She continues to increase her knowledge and skills by reading current literature, participating in professional development activities, and maintaining memberships in professional organizations. She resides in Union, NJ with her son Joshua Tidwell.