“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” These famous words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg have inspired Stephanie’s journey as a servant leader for both her students and colleagues for the past 18 years. As an ELA Department Chair at Creekside Middle School, Stephanie’s primary focus on reading and writing workshops, student conferencing, and student engagement has been the cornerstone of her teaching philosophy. She encourages her students to persevere and look for real-work applications, while reflecting on their own skills and setting goals. She has modeled this behavior by writing two Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity Grants, in 2010 and 2018. She hopes to continue these practices as she moves to Carmel High School in the fall to teach AP Literature.