(Aug 30, 2021) — Kennesaw State University double alumna Stephanee Stephens has dedicated her career
to enhancing education through technology, and she now is accomplishing that as part
of one of the world’s top technology companies.
As a modern workplace senior specialist with Microsoft, Stephens provides educational
support to P-12 and higher education professionals throughout the southeastern United
States. Stephens, who previously led the iTeach unit in KSU’s Bagwell College of Education, shows educators how to utilize Microsoft’s resources and technological tools to
advance teaching and learning through innovative methods.
“I always will consider myself a teacher and, from a social impact perspective, I
feel like I’m still doing that even though I’m not in a classroom every day,” said
Stephens, whose two degrees from Kennesaw State include a doctorate in educational technology leadership. “I am able to help students gain access to tools that will change their learning
game and make them even more marketable as a learner, as a person in a career, and
as a member of society.”
In the eight months she has been with Microsoft, Stephens said that she has noticed
her colleagues increasingly taking notice of Kennesaw State as a leader in teaching
educators to empower learning with technology. Earlier this year, KSU elevated the
instructional technology department in the Bagwell College to the School of Instructional Technology and Innovation.
“Changing instructional technology from a department to a school puts weight behind
all the work that’s been done to pull together researchers, practitioners and coaches
within the school to help teachers be the best they can be,” Stephens said. “I think
Kennesaw State defines what a university should be in the modern era, by moving forward
and continuing to grow rather than sitting still.”
Stephens speaks from her combined experiences as a Kennesaw State student, faculty
member and iTeach director. She earned her first degree from KSU, a Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, in 2009 while she was an instructional technology specialist with Fulton County
Schools. She completed her Ed.D. in Instructional Technology from Kennesaw State last December, defending her dissertation on the same day she
had her final interview with Microsoft.
Along with being a proud KSU alumna, Stephens considers her most rewarding professional
accomplishment to be growing the iTeach unit in her five years as director. Stephens
built a team of more than 60 educational technology specialists who provide technology-related
professional learning, consulting and services to approximately 275 schools and/or
districts in Georgia and other states.
“The iTeach unit will continue to thrive and move forward,” Stephens said. “That’s
a credit to the team, not to me, but I’m so proud to have been a part of that.”
While Stephens downplays her own significance, a colleague and friend from the Bagwell
College respectfully disagrees. Traci Redish, the director of the School of Instructional
Technology and Innovation, hired Stephens as iTeach director and saw up-close the
contributions she made not only to that specific unit, but also in developing instructional
technology curriculum and being one of the leaders in elevating the department to
“Stephanee is a very high achiever, innovator and advocate for learning with technology,”
Redish said. “She is a leader in education and will continue to make a name for herself
in the field.”
While Stephens has moved on to the career opportunity with Microsoft, she remains
connected to Kennesaw State. Stephens continues to teach part-time, instructing graduate-level
courses in the Bagwell College of Education’s Personalized Learning Endorsement program.
“I love teaching, and being able to remain faculty keeps me connected to the Bagwell
College and to the University, to be able to contribute back in a meaningful way to
those who also will have good experiences going through,” said Stephens. “I owe a
lot to KSU, and it’s a place that always will feel like home to me.”
– Paul Floeckher
Photos by David Caselli
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.