Stephanie Toman

Stephanie Toman

Teacher


Kiker Elementary School

Austin, TX USA


Allow yourself to make mistakes, but learn how to fix them.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas.
Had a few influential teachers growing up that inspired her; admits that she has always known that she was going to become a teacher.
In high school, she befriended a classmate with special needs and played a pivotal role in helping her navigate through school—says this solidified her interest in teaching.
Attended Texas State University where she received her degree in education.
Is dyslexic, but didn’t realize it until she interned in an elementary classroom and noticed that the dyslexic students she was teaching had the same difficulties she had growing up.
Works for Austin Independent School District, teaching elementary grade level students at Kiker Elementary School.
Spent two years training to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) so that she could teach Take Flight, an intervention therapy program for students with dyslexia.
She now uses multisensory and strengths-based learning to help dyslexic students succeed—says people with dyslexia aren’t incapable of learning, they just need a different set of tools.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Education, General
Texas State University-San Marcos
Certification/License
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments

Career

Teacher

I am a first grade teacher and an Academic Language Therapist.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

A great day as a teacher is seeing growth and a love for learning from my students. I want to see my students love what we are doing and make wonderful connections at the same time. In addition to my elementary classroom duties, I teach small groups of students with dyslexia and use my training as a language therapist to help give them the tools to succeed in school.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Think about things from a kids perspective and understand their world so that you can teach them better.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Get experience in the profession you think you want. I think many people think they want to enter a particular field and then they go through so much effort only to find out that they don't feel right in that profession. Intern, shadow, interview others, etc.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Education, General
certification
Certification/License
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Why do I always get B's when others get A's? I must not be as smart. "

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues