Teacher Feature: Mrs. Rebecca Steiger

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Allison Kostiuk

Mrs. Steiger said she chose OLMA because she wanted to work at a Catholic school. What keeps her here, though, are her students. "I love being able to get to know all of the girls and being involved in so many aspects of the school," she said. "While I teach Math, I also enjoy coaching bowling and softball, as well as being involved in clubs and Mini-Mesters."

Last year, Mrs. Steiger introduced the Forensic Science Club. It was a huge hit for students who enjoyed the challenge of following evidence to solve a crime or complex problem. "I'm looking forward to having my students back in the classroom," she said. "I can't wait to see them all in person and bring back projects like the Geometry Bridge that my students enjoyed so much last year."

Mrs. Steiger described her initial online learning experience as a bit of a rollercoaster ride, mostly due to learning how to balance her life as a teacher and mom of a toddler (sweet Michael). "Teaching with a toddler on your lap leads to some challenges that you don't expect," she said. "I felt completely supported by our administration during the transition, though, which made the switch over pretty seamless. "I kept my focus on learning new technologies and making sure my students had the support they needed."

In the end, Mrs. Steiger said she accomplished a lot. "I worked hard to learn new video techniques and find new apps and ways to engage the students online," she said. "There were some great lessons learned all around."

In the summer, Mrs. Steiger works as a manager and kayak tour guide in Stone Harbor. A little known fact about Mrs. Steiger is that she attended a performing arts high school for Dance. She also played Division III softball at Drew University, where she earned a Bachelor's degree. When she's not teaching, Mrs. Steiger is usually (with Michael!) outside, hiking, biking, and kayaking.

We are so glad you're here, Mrs. Steiger! Thanks for all you do.

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