Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of California at San Diego in 2010, while simultaneously gaining two years of valuable teaching experience both in the classroom at Claremont High School as well as tutoring students one-on-one in a private setting. Upon graduation, she became a Teaching Associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she taught Differential and Integral Calculus for three years before she returned to California to pursue her dream of teaching mathematics at School for Independent Learners. She thrives on seeing her students have an “aha!” moment when they grasp a concept and are able to bridge a connection with something previously learned, thus, Stephanie's teaching philosophy is to develop an understanding and appreciation of the subject matter. 

In addition to mathematics, Stephanie focuses her energy on being a good role model for young women. She has volunteered as a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and previously worked with CAL-Soap, a program whose mission is to increase postsecondary educational opportunities for low income and minority students. She is passionate about women's rights, at-risk youth, and cares deeply about all young people succeeding. During her free time, she can be found Salsa dancing or dancing anywhere great music is played. Her love for music can be attributed to its mathematical correlation, because otherwise she is a bit reclusive as her hobbies include gardening, reading (mostly fiction) or watching science and nature documentaries. Stephanie is currently living with her pet rabbit, Gustava, and happily resides within walking distance of multiple ice cream parlors, her all-time favorite dessert.