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This month we are highlighting influential women at Post University in honor of Women’s History Month. Read more at Women of Post.

Stephanie Payzant
Director of Instructional Design

What inspired you to enter the field of education, or got you started on your professional path?

As a Teaching Assistant graduate student at Villanova University, I was assigned to teach two semesters of Business Calculus to freshmen students; I had just graduated from college and was standing in front of students not much younger than myself. I loved it – and that was before graphing calculators!

I worked at DuPont for ten years and while I was working on process control systems in North Carolina, I taught math at the local community college. After a change in life, circumstances arose, and I needed to return to work after staying home with my children.

I immediately thought of teaching.

At the University of Delaware, there was a program called Alternative Routes to Certification that allowed me to teach math while getting my Delaware teaching certification. It was perfect and with the help of friends and family, I was able to make it work.

I never stopped teaching!

I taught at a traditional high school, a technical high school, and at a public cyber charter school before coming to Post University to work on instructional design.

Looking back, I can see that it was a natural progression and I have many people to thank who helped me along the way and who continue to help and support me.

Looking forward, I see many opportunities for growth in all levels of education particularly with the use of technology. I’m proud to be a part of that process and supporting those who are part of it too!