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Faculty & Staff Directory

Tampa Prep's faculty is comprised of caring teachers and administrators who are committed to helping students achieve their best potential. Faculty members are talented professionals dedicated to the task of education — in the classroom, on the athletic field and beyond.

Our belief in a well-rounded education is reflected in our mission to provide "a preparation for life with a higher purpose than self." Our faculty members are role models who exemplify the mission and incorporate the values of our Honor Code in their teaching and in their lives.

Faculty may be contacted through email by clicking on the envelope by their name or by phone at 813-251-8481.

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Mrs. Stephanie Cardillo

Faculty Information
Department(s) English
Title(s) English Department Chair
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Contact Information
School Email
  (Primary)
School Phone
813.251.8481   x4327
3020 
Education
Degree(s) Florida State University, B.S.
Other Information
2003 
 

All my early jobs paved the way to the career in the classroom that I have loved since 1996. My first job was to teach Dance to would-be ballerinas in pink tights and slippers, reveling in their adorably pointed toes and careful curved arms. Later, at the YMCA, I coaxed shaking little fish from the side of the pool, to a death clasp around my neck, to finally, their first moments of independent swimming euphoria. I was a camp counselor and lifeguard: braiding hair, getting trounced at four square by chits half my age, logging endless hours counting heads in the water. I loved every bit of it. It seems obvious then, that I would turn to teaching as a career; it felt as natural as breathing. In deciding to be an English Education major, I was allowed to read books all day: my idea of nirvana.

Teaching literature allows me to teach practical skills, namely, how to read critically and how to write capably. Most importantly, though, literature allows students to consider other lives and other experiences, and in assessing characters' choices, make some decisions on how to live their own lives. It is a great privilege that I am there to guide them through this process. My favorite part of being a teacher is much the same as those summer jobs of long ago: listening to individuals who are trying to navigate the tricky trek to adulthood, individuals who need to be heard. I know that far beyond the interpretative ending of Catcher in the Rye, my students will remember, I hope, that I cared for them, that I found much to admire in them, and that I listened.



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