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Stephanie Manion

Stephanie Manion


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Stephanie's work combines: Education, Government, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life


I teach 12th Grade American Government and Economics.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    History Teacher Education

    California State University-Long Beach

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Education, General

Graduate Degree: Higher Education/Higher Education Administration

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    First I discovered I loved History and the Social Sciences.

  • 2.

    Then I took relevant, rigorous coursework in high school.

  • 3.

    Then I chose a college based on my chosen career path...teaching.

  • 4.

    Then I finished my B.A. in History.

  • 5.

    Then I participated in a study abroad program (England) through another university.

  • 6.

    Then I enrolled in the Single Subject Credential Program at CSULB.

  • 7.

    After I finished student teaching, I went on a few interview and earned a teaching position in 2007.

  • 8.

    Although my contracts have changed year to year due to budget cuts, I continue to teach in LBUSD.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    You should get another credential...history teachers are a dime a dozen.

  • How I responded:

    I understand that it is important to have a career that is in demand, and that if I had another credential or degree things would definitely be easier, but I have also felt that it is better to struggle towards a dream than accept or settle on a path that I do not have a passion for. I will not deny that economy and budget cuts have made the job situation more difficult or challenging, but I try to remember the following quote: "It's not over when you fail, it's over when you give up."

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Budget cuts: some years, I've had to reapply or work as a substitute until a contract position opens up, which can be frustrating. Still, I try to think of the wonderful/rewarding experiences I've had as a teacher, which help me to remain determined.