Stephanie Chapman Is Latest Caught in the Act Recipient
When asked about the influential people in their lives, besides their Mom and Dad, it always amazes me how many people will respond with the name of a Coach or Teacher.
Those men and women, who truly understand the importance of the role they play in the lives of America's youth, have turned so many lives around, and for that, those impacted are forever grateful.
Such is the case of Stephanie Chapman, and she's this week's recipient of the Kiss Country Caught in the Act Award.
And it was such a treat to discover, that her nomination letter wasn't written by one of her former students, but by a parent, Ashlie Rape, who was eternally thankful for the change Stephanie brought about in the life of her own son.
Just look at the nomination letter we got from Ashlie and you'll see how easy this week's choice was.
Where do I even begin? I have only known Stephanie a couple of years, but it didn't take me long to realize she is unlike any educator I've ever known. Stephanie is not only a teacher at Haughton High School and the sponsor of the RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) club, she is also the co-owner and a teacher at Bloom Yoga Studio in Shreveport. Her plate is ALWAYS full, yet she makes time to help others, especially her students!
My son, God love him, is a typical stubborn teenager and throughout high school we have dealt with some struggles. Year after year I only got calls from teachers to discuss what he was doing wrong. To my surprise, that stopped when he was placed in Stephanie’s business class his sophomore year. The first time Stephanie and I spoke it was not just about what he did wrong, but more so her wanting to know what she could do to help him excel. Teaching is difficult - instructing so many students, countless personalities and varying levels of instructional needs. But here was a teacher actually taking the time to try and help. In her words “Make it a team effort.” She does this with all her students, especially those who are less fortunate. Stephanie goes above and beyond, over and over, to make sure everyone has what they need (supplies, clothes, haircuts, whatever) even if it comes out of her own pocket. My son is now a Senior and I truly believe he would not be where he is academically, nor would I have my sanity had it not been for that special semester he was placed in Stephanie's class. Stephanie has a true gift and heart of gold. They say "it takes a village" well in my opinion no village is complete without a Stephanie! I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award.
Stephanie Chapman, because you've been 'Caught in the Act' the gang at Silver Star Smokehouse have a $100 Gift Certificate for you and the family to come have dinner!
Thank you for being so amazing!