Miller Mentors, Yukon Public Schools
Nancy Steward, aka “Miss Nancy,” is widely known for her compassionate heart and commitment to making a difference in her mentees’ lives,” as well as the “sunshine and warmth” she brings to her visits.
Steward, who mentors several children in the Yukon Public Schools every year (for the last three years, Gaby and Lily at Lakeview Elementary), “gives kids the confidence they need to improve socially and academically,” says Diane Mann, volunteer program coordinator for the Yukon Public Schools.
“Last year,” she notes, “there was a student who endured so much trauma that she could not produce acceptable work. It was the relationship Miss Nancy developed and nurtured all those countless hours that contributed to [the student] getting the motivation to learn. She finally began making As and Bs.”
Several teachers also lauded Steward for her mentoring and relationship-building skills. “Nancy builds loving relationships with the mentees. She is patient, kind and lots of fun,” said Glenna Metzler, a third-grade teacher.
“Nancy is a very kind, giving and lovely hearted woman. She spreads joy wherever she goes,” said Deana Clingerman, a fourth-grade teacher.
About the Program: Launched in 1996, Yukon Public Schools’ Miller Mentors is a school-based program working with students who are struggling with self-esteem or family issues. Mentoring takes place during school hours at the students’ school.