Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Courtney Stokes | 35

Occupation: Science teacher at Tavares High School.

What I love about my work: The look on a student’s face when they finally understand something they’ve been working hard on. I hope students leave my class with more curiosity about the world around them. I also love that science is constantly evolving and incorporating new knowledge and new ways of observing the world.

Bet you didn’t know: I was chosen as a finalist for Lake County Rookie Teacher of the Year for the 2018-’19 school year.

A leader I admire: David Skorton, former president of Cornell University. He remembered the name and major of every student he talked to (even just once) and was always so accessible and kind to students.

Hidden talents: I don’t know if I’d call it a talent, but I’ve recently been learning to play cricket with a club in Ocklawaha. I also fenced in college.

Most embarrassing moment: We still laugh about me kicking my music stand down a set of stairs during a jazz band performance in New York when I went to Oak Park Middle School. At the time, I was so mortified.

Philosophy of life: “Always keep learning and improving. I would tell my younger self if you have the opportunity to try something that interests you, go for it!”

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