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Influencer of the Week: Sharyn Stieglitz, Water Spring Middle School

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Stieglitz is school counselor and will help to make sure students have the proper classes needed for graduation
by: Jim Carchidi Associate Editor

Sharyn Stieglitz not only is the first school counselor at Water Spring Middle School, but also she has the honor of being its first Teacher of the Year. Her responsibilities include communicating and forming positive relationships with students, parents and staff. She will make sure students have the proper classes needed for graduation, and plans to help out as needed in other areas.

What brought you to your school?

There were two major factors that brought me to Water Spring Middle School. First, I wanted to have the opportunity to work and serve in the community in which I live. The second reason is our principal, Mrs. (Laura) Beusse. She was the principal at my former school, and when I heard she was going to be opening the school, I wanted to continue to work under her leadership. 

What do you love most about your school?

We are located on a high school campus, which gives the middle school students a unique experience. Our sixth-graders will move to the new middle school campus when it opens in August 2023 as eighth-graders. The seventh- and eighth-graders will attend classes on the Horizon High School campus throughout their middle school and high school years. These students have the opportunity to make this place their home for the next five or six years. They will help build foundations and traditions. I look forward to attending graduation ceremonies, having watched my students grow and achieve their goals  throughout the years.

What is your motivation?

The students. I want to make a difference in as many lives as possible, and I love working with future generations to help shape a better tomorrow. 

What is the most rewarding part of your job? 

Seeing my students succeed. There’s nothing more heartwarming for me than watching a student overcome obstacles or get accepted to a dream college and know I had a small part in their educational journey. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to Disney World, concerts, sports games, and working out. 

Who was your favorite teacher in school?

I’m thankful to have had many teachers throughout my life who made an impact on me as a student and future educator. The two who stand out most are my middle and high school counselors. 

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be an educator. Both my parents and grandmothers were teachers. My parents actually met at the teacher’s union. I would go with my dad to “Take Your Child to Work Day” and loved being in the school setting on the other side.

What is your favorite children’s book and why?

“Oh! The Places You’ll Go” is my favorite children’s book. I love the message of positivity and that you can go anywhere and do anything you set your mind to. 

If you could be any cartoon character, who would it be?

I’ve always related to Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” Wanting adventure in the great wide somewhere, staying true to herself, and seeing the beauty in others inside and out. 

 

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Jim Carchidi is an associate editor for the West Orange Times & Observer, Southwest Orange Observer and OrangeObserver.com. He has more than two decades of journalism experience in Central Florida, including positions at the Orlando Sentinel and the Orlando Business Journal. He holds a...

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