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Director of Outdoor Education

Stephanie Dean (Lead Teacher)

Stephanie Dean joined the faculty of Lorien Wood in 2017. She graduated from Elim Bible Institute in 2008, then received her teaching degree from Western Governors University. She has a Masters in elementary math education, focusing specifically on mathematical communication and is currently working on her PhD in Outdoor Education.

After graduating from Elim Bible Institute in 2008, she spent three years involved in children and youth ministry at a local church. She developed curriculum and led weekly meetings, using creativity to make God’s truth relevant to young people. In 2010, Stephanie became a teaching parent at Christ’s Home for Children. Her primary role was to serve as a foster parent as she cared for disadvantaged children. During this time, Stephanie began to realize her passion for education which led to seeking her teaching degree. She taught 4th and 5th grade for Fairfax County Public School for 5 years.

As a teacher, Stephanie loves fostering a sense of discovery and exploration. She enjoys hands-on experiments and having good conversations about truth with her students.  Stephanie has traveled around the country visiting every national park in the contiguous United States -- living in a teardrop trailer and spending countless hours exploring wild places. As an outdoor enthusiast, she looks forward to combining her passion for travel and nature with the Lorien Wood community.

In her free time, Stephanie likes to rock climb, go on long hikes, read, knit, and write poetry. She also plays piano, guitar, ukulele, and bass guitar.