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!
This day is monumental, not just for this here post, but also because it is officially the last day of winter (and a long, brutal winter at that), and most importantly because it is opening day of March Madness (technically, there were some play-in games Tuesday and Wednesday, but no one really cares).
Those familiar with the NCAA Tournament are aware that the moniker “March Madness” is derived from the fact that there always “Cinderella” teams (think Mercer, Florida Gulf Coast, and Bucknell) that win despite being completely overmatched by likes of Duke, Georgetown, and Kansas.
Similarly, there are Wayne Memorial students who overcome daunting odds to achieve academically. Sure, the buzzer-beaters and mid-court celebrations might be a little more fan-friendly than scan-tron tests and report cards, but there are similarities.
Similar, yet different
While this inaugural blog post has undoubtedly left you breathless, this isn’t the only new thing happening for Champions. The Champions of Wayne 5K Walk/Run is officially a thing now, as registration is now open. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 6th, 6:00pm at Wayne Memorial. You can register online at the championsofwayne.org homepage, or visit Wayne Memorial HS to pick up a registration form.
Tutoring has also begun at the Norwayne Boxing Gym. We have eight WMHS students who are volunteering their time to assist aspiring boxers with their studies. Best of luck to them!