Adventures in High School Social Studies
Join us each Tuesday as we feature a short conversation with one of our exceptional faculty or staff members so that you can get to know a little bit about them.
Meet Stephanie McNesby - High School Social Studies Teacher
Stephanie, who also goes by Stevie, officially joined EC as a full-time faculty member in 2019 to teach religion and history while also leading the AP Capstone program. She is also the girls lacrosse head coach. She was a 2016 Teach for America Corps member and earned both her master’s degree and her B.A. in secondary education from Holy Family University. She has worked at schools in England, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Jacksonville, Florida.
Q: Tell us about an exciting project you have planned for the school year.
While revamping our freshmen theology/social studies course over the summer, I was enamored by the materials. It’s exciting content that allows students to track their growth as readers, writers and critical thinkers while participating in project-based learning activities. Part of the curriculum that I'm incorporating is the Little Big History Night, pending any restrictions. This project allows students to dive deep into an event, object or idea they care about from a big history perspective and must include the perspectives of at least three disciplines.
Q: If you could take another EC teacher’s class, even for one day, which class would you enroll in?
I would want to enroll in Ms. Deardorff’s AP Psychology course. We shared a classroom during the 2019-20 school year and during my prep period, I would hear and see the content and how she engaged the students in thought-provoking discussion on profound ideas such as ethics and why we do certain things the way we do. She brought the content to life in a way that I would sometimes go home and watch the documentary they were watching or research the topic that her class was studying. I now wish I had taken the course when I was in high school!
Q: What is your “trapped on a desert island” book or movie?
This is a tough one. I think I have to go with The Devil Wears Prada. Whenever it’s on TV, I watch it. I don’t think it will ever get old!
If you have questions for Stevie, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.