Stephanie Maze-Hsu’s 35+ year career in “education” began as a summer camp counselor where she discovered nothing gave her more joy than working with children. After majoring in Child Development at Tufts University, Stephanie began teaching kindergarten while she worked on her M.Ed. degree. As Stephanie began sharing curriculum she developed at national conferences, and during the time she worked as Training Coordinator for the Maryland Committee for Children, she found that teaching teachers and teachers-to-be was equally rewarding. Stephanie has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at several universities, supervised student teachers, worked on public policy and advocacy and created curriculum programs.
In 1993, Stephanie joined The Center for Applied Development at Tufts University, which later became TLA. Stephanie has supported thousands of elementary teachers as they delve into best practices for teaching literacy. She also enjoyed creating a playful Foundational Skills program for kindergarten. Stephanie especially loves modeling Interactive Read Alouds and loves when students call her the “book lady.”
When not in schools, Stephanie is very active with the project based, STEAM-centered creative problem solving organization, Destination Imagination, where she serves on state and local boards and manages teams of students. You may also find her going on dinosaur digs, studying genealogy or reading.