Stephanie McCombs

Gold Star Award Winner Stephanie McCombs
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Edison Elementary School

City/School System
Waterloo Community Schools

Subjects and Grade Level
4th Grade Teacher


Number of years teaching?
15 years

Singing, shopping, going on vacation with my family

Family members
Mark, Cat, Dani

Professional involvement
Team Leader, Mentor, NSTA

What do you like most about teaching?
Giving kids the confidence and skills to succeed.

What do you find most challenging about teaching?
The hoops teachers have to jump through that take away from actually teaching

Best tip for new teachers?
Respect and love the kids. Show them where the boundaries are don’t let the kids cross them.

Best tip for career teachers?
Greet the kids by name and with a smile every morning and wipe the slate clean to start fresh everyday.

Favorite piece of advice for students?
Be respectful, take responsibility for your own learning, and READ, READ, READ!

What does being a Gold Star Teacher mean to you?
It is a validation of the difference that I’ve made in people’s lives.