Dear Mrs. Stuckwisch…

Alyssa Stagnolia plans to attend Marian University, where she will major in biology in the fall.

When I was given the opportunity to speak about a teacher who changed my life I was very excited. I have had so many amazing teachers in my life, a lot of which helped me in some way but one teacher stuck out in my thoughts. 

When I joined SHS as a freshman and many warned us about the “dress code nazi” I was immediately terrified. To make it even better I had her as a teacher, in my worst subject. 

Sara Stuckwisch is probably one of the most generous, kindhearted people I have ever met in my life. After having her for three years, I have gotten to know her as a teacher, a person, and a mom.

Mrs. Stuckwisch and I developed a more personal relationship because I think she could actually be my mom. On many occasions, she has called me her own daughter.

Because of my weakness in math, I needed to see her more often than just in class, and after a few times of having to do that, we began to get to know each other. We share many of the same values; we have shared laughs, cry sessions and many great memories. 

Mrs. Stuckwisch’s lessons to me go so far beyond math. She has taught me that it is okay to feel lost, that I can overcome anything, and to not underestimate my worth. She has been there for me during some really tough times, breakups, my papaw passing away, injuring my knee, and just the overall stress of being in high school.

I wish I could repay her for the countless times she reassured me that I would be okay. I am truly blessed to have her as a teacher, and my school mom. 

Thank you, Mrs. Stuckwisch, for inspiring me to be the best person I can be and being the best role model for me.

Alyssa Stagnolia

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