Steph Mehmen grew up about 40 miles away in Indianola. She loved her high school experience, especially her business classes and playing softball.
Mehmen was most influenced by her accounting teacher, Mrs. Blythe, and her English teacher, Mrs. Brenner. Blythe’s knowledge about her subject and ability to break it down for students and Brenner’s ability to instill confidence in all her students were what really inspired Mehmen to become a teacher.
After graduating high school, Mehmen went on to Iowa State University and studied for two years before transferring to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In the past year, she also received a master’s degree in educational administration from Concordia University in Seward, Neb.
Before moving back to Iowa, Mehmen spent nine years working at Millard South in Omaha, Neb., as a business education teacher and was also the assistant varsity softball coach and the freshmen basketball coach. She was the Co-DECA advisor at Millard South.
Mehmen is in her first year at ADM. As the high school business instructor, she teaches a variety of classes using approaches that she hopes her students will enjoy. During passing time between classes she is in the hallways getting to know students.
Mehmen says the practical outcome of her work “is to be a positive role model for all ADM students, educate my classroom students on various business-related topics and hopefully spark an interest for a future career for some.”
Mehmen also puts in hours working with her players as head varsity softball coach. She feels her secondary job is to build a state championship-level softball team.
Mehmen’s favorite part of teaching is building relationships with her students. She also strives to “give back to my students what my teachers gave me.” However, she believes that classroom success is a partnership.
“Education starts at home,” she says. “Parents need to be involved, and we need to be put in an environment where we as classroom teachers can be successful. We need the support from administration, parents, and community members as well as the required resources.”