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Faculty Highlights: Stefanie Corcoran

posted Dec 19, 2013, 11:00 AM by Sandra Barbieri
This week, Serra Catholic is proud to feature Ms. Stefanie Corcoran, one of our Science department faculty members.  Ms. Corcoran started teaching General and Honors Chemistry in February of 2009 and in addition teaches Introduction to Chemistry for college credit.  Below you may find her autobiography:

In the Bible Peter said, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.” It wasn’t until my second year of college that I understood that quote, and followed God’s sign to pursue a career as a teacher. 

Teaching was always something that felt natural to me ever since I was younger. This could be because my first job was teaching swim lessons at the age of 13. From there, I added lifeguarding to my job title and earned my WSI (Water Safety Instructor) license. I continued to teach and lifeguard through college, where I attended University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. At this point teaching as a career choice never clicked in my mind, so I pursued a pre-pharmacy degree instead. I did well in my classes, even getting honor roll my freshman year. It wasn’t until my second year, when I asked my Organic Chemistry professor for a letter of recommendation, when I realized that pharmacy wasn’t the career for me. My professor believed in me enough to write a letter for me, but he felt that there was a higher calling in life for me. When I told him my second career choice has always been teaching he shook his head in agreement, and said “That’s it!”

The next day I changed my major to Chemistry Education where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree. After my first year of teaching I added Middle School mathematics to my teaching certificate and I hope to add more down the road. I am so thankful to my professor today for making me realize that, even though I may have been slightly more financially stable being a pharmacist, I wouldn’t have appreciated life in the same way. I truly love what I do, and teaching is the only career where I can be a support system, a shoulder to cry on, an office supply store, a police man, an entertainer, a role model, and most importantly a student all in one day. It may be a crazy and hectic life being a teacher, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I am truly blessed to have found my calling and share the amazing gift that God gave me to future generations.