‘Chef’ Emily Stevenson, Culinary teacher at Patriot High School in Bristow earned Second Place in Bristow Beat's Teacher of the Year Contest 2022 sponsored by Bill DePugh of Century 21 New Millennium.
Stevenson teaches a specialty CTE culinary program in which she teaches students for consecutive years. This allows her to build strong bonds with her students and build a strong community within the school. Not only do students graduate with preparation for a career, but gain purpose and a sense of comradery.
Stevenson's current and former students nominated her for this award. Many described her as as their all-time favorite teacher, someone who has changed their lives and made them feel loved and appreciated.
“Chef Stevenson is the role model for an excellent teacher. Chef is very patient, kind, and passionate. She cares very much about every individual student and the art of making food. She has taught me so much, not just about cooking, but hard work, dedication, teamwork, and working through challenges," said one student. "She has made a huge impact on every single one of her students, but particularly me. Chef has made me a priority and treated me with respect. I am genuinely excited for her class every day. She is the reason I like school this year.”
Hannah Bowman said of Chef Stevenson: “She always made sure to make me feel loved and cared for as well as every one of her students. She puts in her all and does everything for her kids…. I couldn’t ask for a better teacher, she will forever be my favorite teacher and I will always remember her."
Another student said Stevenson, “carries so much love in her heart for every single one of her students, both present and past,” and does everything “with grace.” “She also never fails to make us smile. Chef Stevenson gives us wonderful advice and makes anyone who walks into her classroom feel welcome.”
During the award ceremony, Stevenson was moved upon hearing her students' kind words about her. She said it was an excellent way to end the year.
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