Ms. Stephens

Ms. Stephens
Classroom Phone: 269-250-XXXX
School Phone: 269-250-8600

Anneliese Stephens’ childhood dream was to play ice hockey in the National Hockey League. Today, she is a teacher starting her first year at Comstock Elementary. The hockey dream lives on, however, because she’s been playing in a women’s hockey league for eight years on two different teams in the Kalamazoo Adult Hockey League.

A graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in special education: cognitive impairment and learning disabilities, she taught for the last five years in Van Buren County. She has also taught in the Paw Paw Public Schools. She started her career as a middle school special education teacher, and then taught fifth grade and special education in later elementary.

As a teacher, she especially enjoys watching her students progress with their own unique skills and abilities. That applies to extracurricular activities, too, such as Girls on the Run, which she used to coach. “Seeing the girls outside of the classroom and interacting with them in a mentoring position was amazing,” she said. “As the season progressed, I witnessed what amazing leaders the girls were becoming in their respective classrooms.”

Her inspiration comes from all her students - past, present, and future. “They inspire me every day to show up and provide the best environment in which to learn,” she said.

A challenge to her as a teacher today is the deprofessionalization of teaching.
“When I was growing up, teachers were revered and respected by the communities and government,” she said. “Within the past ten years, funding for education has been slashed, teachers are scrutinized harshly, and it is only hurting our children and the future of our world.”

Outside of work, she enjoys not only ice hockey but also running, gardening, playing sports, and reading. She and her fiancé, Bronson, met in a literacy class in 2012 and became engaged in the summer of 2019 at Tahquamenon Falls.