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Mabee Chapel 102
Bolivar, MO 65613
Education and professional background: Steward received a B.S. in Biology with 9-12 teaching certification and an M.S. in Educational Administration from SBU. Prior to coming to SBU, she taught high school biology for eight years at Buffalo High School, and was the 7-12 grade principal and K-12 curriculum director for Halfway Schools. Steward began at SBU in fall 2005 and teaches the University Seminar and Critical Thinking courses. She also advises freshmen students and serves as the director of the University Success Center.
Community involvement: Steward is a former board member for the Alpha House Pregnancy Resource Center and is still a continued supporter of that organization. She has been involved in coordinating a 5K in Springfield as a fundraiser for children with special needs. Steward is an active member of Alliance Christian Fellowship in Bolivar.
Why did you choose to teach at SBU? "With my experience teaching at the high school level, I was really interested in helping students make the transition from high school to college. I truly enjoy getting to know the students and supporting them as they become part of the SBU community."
What sets SBU apart from other universities? "I believe that the depth of relationship that exists between the members of the SBU community sets SBU apart from other institutions. Students have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with their peers and SBU faculty and staff. The way SBU integrates faith and spiritual development allows an opportunity to connect in more meaningful ways than what I think typically takes place elsewhere."
What advice do you have for prospective students? "I encourage prospective students (and current students) to embrace the opportunity they have to learn and grow as college students. SBU provides an opportunity to not just be prepared for a career, but to develop in all areas - intellectually, spiritually, socially, etc."