Gayle has devoted her life to helping improve the lives of children, having served as Director of Youth Services and Director of Riverfront Children’s Center. She has been a special education tutor, a counselor, a parent educator, and run teen centers and youth groups. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, and she completed the Alternate Route to Certification for Birth-Kindergarten Special Education. Gayle says it is an honor to be working here, where her lifelong mission blends with the mission of S.T.E.P.S., to improve lives. When her children were very little, perhaps not even in school yet, she started running a group for our town’s youth and bought a large banner for the high school which read “It Takes A Village”. We are the village! Together we make a difference.
Shareah has been involved with S.T.E.P.S. for 12 years. She became a STEPS girl in 7th grade and finished the program in 12th grade. After high school, she went to the University of Connecticut and then started working for S.T.E.P.S. as an Assistant Facilitator. She worked her way up to Facilitator at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School and New London High School. In the past, Shareah worked as a Sunday school teacher and in mentoring programs at UConn. She is currently working toward her degree in Human Development and Family Studies to become a social worker.
Cindy Joe is delighted to join S.T.E.P.S. and help middle and high school girls strive toward empowered personal success. Her undergraduate degree in English Literature with a minor in Women’s Studies, as well as my Connecticut teaching certification, have allowed her the pleasure of working with girls of all ages and backgrounds to develop a positive sense of self. She enjoys teaching, but her true passion lies outside of a standard curriculum. She appreciates having the time and freedom to explore issues important to girls of today. Cindy Joe’s hope is to help girls build stronger foundations with which to make healthy decisions in all areas of their lives, including physical, social, emotional, spiritual, financial, and intellectual growth. Teaching life skills to make better choices in today’s world and fostering empowerment is her honor.
Kimberly is a young woman with a heart for humanity. Upon the realization that she wanted to make a difference in the world, she started the only way she knew how, with her words. Through her writings and speaking engagements, Kimberly has already started to see the power of her words. She believes that empowering others is essential and aims to do so through all aspects of her life. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent development. Naturally, joining the S.T.E.P.S. team was a perfect match! Kimberly is thankful for the opportunity to pour positivity into the students of S.T.E.P.S.
Nicole has been with the S.T.E.P.S. program for three years. She serves as an Assistant Facilitator for 7th and 8th grades at West Side Stem Magnet Middle School, and as Lead Facilitator for the 6th grade at West Side Stem Magnet Middle School. She is currently at the University of Saint Joseph pursuing her Master’s Degree in Special Education while working as a building substitute at West Side Stem Magnet Middle School. In her spare time, she babysits and is constantly coming up with new crafts to share with the girls. She enjoys facilitating S.T.E.P.S. since it allows her to give something to the girls that they are going to need for the rest of their lives. Nicole loves to be the one that teaches them these valuable life lessons.