Mrs. Stiehl: Teacher
I am originally from Michigan and attended Michigan State University. There I received degrees in both Elementary Education as well as Special Education. I have taught in numerous settings ranging from Preschool to Third Grade to Self-Contained and Cross Categorical Resource classrooms.
I have been teaching at Middle Creek Elementary since we moved to the area in 2008. My first two years here were in the Special Education capacity and since then I have been in the Kindergarten setting. It is a true joy to watch the children blossom into amazing learners! I have a wonderful husband of 21 years and two terrific daughters. Hailey is a 12th grader and Sheridan is in 10th grade. We share our home in Apex with a wild and crazy Boston Terrier named Elvis and our puppy Ozzie. He brings a lot of laughs to the Stiehl household!!
Mrs. B: Instructional Assistant
Kindergarten, to me, is an important first step in cultivating lifelong learners. If our children find Kindergarten to be an engaging, creative, safe place where they can learn about themselves and care about others as well as learn the joy of success and the importance of making mistakes they will enjoy coming and with that together we have achieved some of the most important lessons of their lives.
I do go by Mrs. B, please! I am married to Mr. Butts and yes - it was true love! In an elementary school setting I use it as a tool to teach compassion and understanding as there are many people, including adults, who have a hard time with our name. Also, we have 2 amazing adult sons who currently attend NC State and ECU.
Finally, I love the color purple! I wear it a lot and you may even see me with my hair dyed purple. It is a springboard for me to talk about my journey with Pancreatic cancer. In the Summer of 2015, I had lifesaving surgery to remove the tail of my pancreas and my spleen. At the time of my diagnosis only 7 out of every 100 people survived. It has now surpassed breast cancer in how many lives it takes annually. I am always happy to talk about my miracle and raise awareness to help wage hope against this disease!