stephanie's picture The main difference between Stephanie's life now as a middle school teacher and her life as a lawyer is the average age of her "clients"; their average maturity level, however, is largely unchanged.

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Stephanie has strong community ties and connections. With college majors in microbiology and legal studies, and a minor in physiological psychology, Stephanie went on to law school, publishing in the law review and graduating summa cum laude.

As a Florida State Prosecutor, Stephanie put people in jail. She crafted legal opinions while serving as appellate law clerk for the Honorable Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court. And she tangled with labor unions and defended corporations as a Partner with the national labor and employment law firm, Jackson|Lewis.

After bringing home their first daughter from China, and with the full support of her best friend and husband Tony, Stephanie, who is certified to teach research and writing and criminal law, at the college level, and certified to give legal seminars at the professional level, left the full time practice of law.

A few years later, and after being a part of MWS's administrative staff, Stephanie convinced Nora to expand to the middle school level. Stephanie recognizes that life for a lawyer who leaves the law is not necessarily more restful. Once you've learned to work inhumane hours, it's hard to dial back to humane. As a Montessori middle school teacher, however, those hours are spent as she sees fit to ensure her students are exposed to and well versed in knowledge and skills common to pre-collegiate curricula and guided toward psychological and economical independence to begin engaging seriously in the realities of life.