Rebecca WestoverMeet Ms. Westover

Ms. Westover joined the Stevenson community at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. She began her career as an elementary teacher, and over the years, has also taught EL Biology, and AP Environmental Science. Before coming to Stevenson, she served as an assistant principal at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto where she enjoyed working with adolescent students. She says, “while my work experience spans elementary through high school, I’ve always been drawn to the energy and excitement of our youngest children.”

Born in Spokane, WA, Ms. Westover grew up in Santa Clara. She did her undergraduate work at Gonzaga University, earning her bachelor of arts degree and attended University of California Irvine for graduate school where she earned her M.A. and teaching credentials. She was motivated to become a teacher in part by her elementary school experience, where she had teachers who pushed her to do well and helped to instill a love of learning, which has continued to this day.

She was drawn to Stevenson by the progressive education model because she had always managed her classroom the way Stevenson runs as a school. She says, “I was lucky enough in my teaching career to have principals that allowed me to move away from the standard curriculum to provide additional support my students needed. I didn't know what it was called at the time, but I knew my kids, both in elementary and high school, needed emotional support and hands on integrated learning. If we don't attend to individual student needs, academic learning is not possible.”

Ms. Westover sums up her teaching philosophy like this: kids come first. She says, “it is a simple concept but sometimes in the busy atmosphere of education today students can become lost. If we always put kids first, they will realize their full potential as independent thinkers, life-long learners, and responsible citizens."

In her free time, Ms. Westover enjoys cooking, eating, running, and biking. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and her two dogs.