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Stefanie Rivera

Biography

Stefanie Rivera hails from Austria originally, but has spent most of her life here in the Chicago area. This is her 14th year as an educator and her 6th year at Roycemore School. Stefanie spent 10 years as a classroom teacher of English and Performing Arts before stepping into her current role as Upper and Middle School Division Head. Before becoming an educator, Stefanie had a career in theatre and still uses those skills on a daily basis. Stefanie lives with her husband, Dale, her two children, Eva-Rae (11) and Lorenzo (8) and her adorable Shihtzu, Lucy.

Education

  • B.A - Wesleyan University, CT
  • M.A.T. - National-Louis University, Chicago

Favorite Quote/Fun Fact

Stefanie loves llamas, cooking, and camping. “There were a lot of them. They all had different haircuts.”

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

I find it incredibly rewarding to see young people achieve. I hope I am successful in students realizing their self-worth, finding their individual voice, and learning the importance of community, leadership and resilience.

Why Roycemore?

Roycemore is my second home. I have always felt I can be my true self here.