Champions of Wayne Blog
We are proud to shine our first “spotlight” on Mrs. Stephanie Niedermeyer! Mrs. Niedermeyer has been a science teacher at Wayne Memorial High School for 16 years…17 if you include her year of student teaching.
Mrs. Niedermeyer will be taking on roughly thirteen Champions this semester! Seven of those students are Champions “high-achievers” who are required to set a separate goal for themselves, in addition to their academic goal. This semester , Mrs. Niedermeyer’s high-achievers are working together to plan a 5K-run/walk fundraiser for the Champions program. We are very lucky to have Mrs. Niedermeyer involved!
Why she chose to become a teacher:
She didn’t originally want to be a teacher; she wanted to be Dr. Niedermeyer, which is why she pursued a degree in biology at The University of Michigan. She loved helping people, but didn’t like the death part of the medical field. With inspiration of her mother, who was also a teacher, she had the opportunity to shadow a high school classroom and fell in love with teaching. She knew then that this was her calling.
Where did the beginning thoughts of the 5K come from?
Mrs. Niedermeyer was struggling with what would be a worthwhile goal for her high achievers. There had been talk about possibly constructing a 5K in the past and she really wanted to give back to the Champions program. That’s when she decided to have her students be the ones to plan and organize this event and make it a fundraiser for the program as well. Mrs. Niedermeyer feels that having her students in control of this event will teach them about life skills, planning, talking to adults and following through!
What is her favorite part of being a mentor?
“I realize that education is more than learning textbook stuff, kids need guidance through all aspects of life and I love being someone’s person.”
Mrs. Niedermeyer’s kindness and passion towards her students never fails to show. Thank you for being such a great asset to the Champions program!