Meet the Staff: Stephanie Teachout, Fifth Grade Teacher and Director of Diversity

What words best describe you?
Adventurous, easily-amused, passionate
How long have you been at New City School and what did you do before coming here?
This is my third year at New City School – I feel like I landed in such an amazing place!  Prior to moving to St. Louis, I worked at Rye Country Day School in Rye, New York as a sixth grade social studies teacher and Director of Student Diversity Programs for seven years.  Before that I worked at Princeton in Asia as Development Director and Program Director for Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.  Prior to working stateside, I taught English at a university in Chiang Mai, Thailand for three years. 
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m originally from Long Island, New York.  That’s where I’d call home, though neither my family nor I have lived there in over a decade.  Both my parents were teachers, and with the last name Teachout, I felt pretty confident that this was my calling.  I love to travel – I think my last country count was 38 countries.  Over the summers I lead students on experiential education trip -- the last two summers were to Tanzania and Thailand for five weeks each.  I love these types of trips because you get to learn to live together by living together.  I’d say I’m nearly fluent in charades.  
What do you like to do when you're not at New City?
I love playing tennis, practicing yoga, and riding my bike (Leo).  I also spend a good amount of time thinking about where I want to travel to next.  
What did six-year-old Stephanie want to be when he grew up? 
I wanted to be my sister when I grew up.  At six, I thought she was pretty amazing!  I still do! 
What is your ideal vacation? 
How much space do we have?  ANYWHERE!  I love exploring, making connections, and being humbled, all of which usually happen within moments of arriving in a new place.  An adventure can happen while living with the Maasai in Tanazania or out and about in St. Louis.  I’d love to get back to Indonesia and spend some quality time there!  I love how each island has such a unique identity – and the beaches are pretty amazing too!  Or Iceland…or Morocco…or Mongolia…or…

What is something that most people don't know about you? 
At one point in time, I was able to ride a unicycle and juggle at the same time. 
What else do you want people to know?
What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it’s all about!?