Stephanie I. Healy, B.A. Anthropology & International Master TEFL Instructor

COVID Culture

The COVID pandemic changed how I saw my future unfolding. As I watched my teenage daughter initially struggle with the shift to distance learning, something began to shift in me. And so began my journey to becoming an International Master TEFL Instructor and a Building Substitute for Stonington Public Schools.

As a lover of travel, world cultures, and the English language, becoming a TEFL instructor (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) seemed like a great way to immerse myself in the things I’m most passionate about.

As I watched my daughter and her friends slowly adapted to “remote life”, albeit with more than a few challenges. As we churned into year two of pandemic life, I began thinking about the myriad of students who were likely also struggling to adapt both emotionally and socially. As the loss of life continued to rise and we knocked on the door of 2021, I began to feel an indescribable pull to make a drastic change in my life. Click here to learn about my journey to becoming an international TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) instructor and Building Sub with Stonington Public Schools.

Not My First Rodeo

There have been other times in my life that I’ve strived to advance my education. In 2014, I found myself suddenly unemployed and just a few months later, we lost my Dad to lung cancer. He was diagnosed on a Monday and passed Saturday, August 30th.

In 2006, I made the decision to start my own marketing business in order to work from home and raise our daughter Maia, and now found myself in a position to expand those skills. In the fall of 2014, just three days after burying my father, I returned to the University of Rhode Island and in the spring of 2015, earned a certification in Multimedia Design. This allowed me to elevate my 20 years of marketing experience to a level I had only dreamed about.

My TEFL Adventure

As a lover of travel, world cultures, and the English language, Teaching English as a Foreign Language seemed like a great way to immerse myself in the things I’m passionate about.

In the fall of 2021, I completed a 140-hr Master Instructor Certification through Coursework included 20 hours dedicated to remote/online teaching, which means I can teach students from around the world. Other coursework included sections on Classroom Management, Teaching Approaches, Teaching Speaking, Listening, and Reading, Multimedia Resources, Curriculum Planning, Grammar, Online Teaching, and in-depth coverage of Lexis, Functions, and Phonology.

140 hours Master Instructor Teaching Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
International Certification No. 000891658

Substitute Teacher with Stonington Public Schools
2021-22 Building Substitute @ Stonington Middle School

I love creating an energetic, encouraging, and positive learning atmosphere in the absence of teaching staff. I effectively manage class behavior, follow teacher instructions and curriculum, take attendance in PowerSchool, tidy-up between classes, and email absent teachers at the end of the day. I also became a certified Test Proctor and assisted Spanish-speaking students in mainstream classrooms.

Business Community Culture

The BFFRI Networking Group at Java Madness

Networking Group on a Mission for South County Kids

I thought I’d share a press release I recently submitted and was picked up by the local papers and PROJO. It’s one of the largest projects I’ve taken on in my career, and it felt awesome to have caught all the balls that I had in the air on this one. A special thanks to my family and friends for their support!

On August 16, 2016, the local networking group BFFRI (Business From Fellowship) led by Leslie Bannister-Pierini of Edward Jones, 231 Old Tower Hill Road, Wakefield, participated in the SK Kids in Need (SKKIN) School Supply Donation Drive, which ultimately delivered seventy backpacks filled with school supplies to area elementary schools within the town of South Kingstown.

Stephanie Healy, owner of Charlestown-based Aztec Design Services, LLC, BFFRI member, and Marketing Manager for the Edward Jones branch led by Pierini, organized the School Supplies Drive in an effort to bridge business and community, with a focus on area children in need. Says Healy “Pierini and I were both looking for a way to impact the community and I’ve always been passionate about youth. We both have children in the district and knew it could be challenging, but it felt right.”

The items were donated by local business members of BFFRI and residents, and were collected at Pierini’s branch over a period of two weeks, with a large outpouring of support. Supplies included pencils, erasers, crayons, rulers, colored pencils, notebooks, folders, glue sticks, tissues, hand sanitizer, and more. The supplies benefited the schools in need: Matunuck, Peace Dale, West Kingston, and Compass elementary schools.

“We asked South Kingstown residents and BFFRI businesses to go “The Extra Mile” and donate school supplies or volunteer their time,” Pierini said. “These donations can add huge value, as one more students will be provided with the appropriate tools to begin or continue his or her learning and development.”

Kim Mather, principal of West Kingston Elementary School enthused, “This is unbelievably fantastic! The children will be so excited to have something of their very own; these are items that will help them be successful, and I’ll be hand-delivering them to kids as soon as I can!”

What’s next on the agenda for Pierini’s Wakefield branch and the networkers of BFFRI? “We’re planning on walking “The Extra Mile” in early October for another, local, non-profit that centers their attention on children. We’ll be announcing the date and organization soon, so stay tuned!” says Healy.

Special thanks to the BFFRI businesses and residents who donated both their time and supplies: Jeff Kreyssig, co-founder of BFFRI and owner of Padgett Business Services, Wakefield Books, Alisa Mahoney – a Stylist with W by Worth, Lauren Peters of Keller Williams Realty in Middletown, Janine Bellandese of Santander, Java Madness Waterfront Coffeehouse and Pick Pockets – both of Wakefield, Sean Lennon of Nationwide Insurance, Attorney K. Erik Wallin of Richmond, and Albert, Maryann, and Alena Ferraro – Pierini’s Office Manager – of Narragansett, RI.