Hello! My name is Stephanie Valdez, and I was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. I worked summer camps in the community and volunteered in the Santa Fe public schools since I was 16. I have my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, and I have been teaching children for over 10 years. I have a passion for children finding love and joy in learning. My hobbies are art and baking. As for the artistic side of me, I love to draw and paint in my free time. I enjoy baking and decorating my creations as I also believe it is a different form of art. I find it remarkable to create a beautiful piece of art from a blank page or plain pastry to decorate. It reminds me that something beautiful can come out of anything. I also love exploring the outdoors with my boyfriend and dog. We like to go biking and hiking together. We enjoy going on adventures and exploring new places. I am going on my 5th year of being a part of this wonderful Rio Grande School community and look forward to many more!