Stephanie Townsend is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently the Curriculum and Instruction Coach at Sadlowski Elementary School. Ms. Townsend is also a lead member of the MTSS team and has taught grades 3-5 in the Chicago Public School district for 8 years. She became a teacher because she has always wanted to follow in her mother's footsteps as an influential educator and is always looking forward to new learning opportunities. Ms. Townsend was the mentor teacher to Wu Jiaman from Jieyang, China (2021-2022). She is the mentor teacher to Lin Pin-Shiu from New Taipei City, Taiwan.