Lend a Hand: Service Above Self- Meet QACHS Teacher and Volunteer Stephanie Zeiler

By Avra Sullivan

“The motto “service above self” spoke to me, and I asked to volunteer.” That was 2 ½ years ago, and QACHS art teacher Stephanie Zeiler is now the co-advisor for the Interact Club whose motto inspired her. The club is partnered with the Centreville Rotary Club and gets students involved in giving back to the community in a very hands-on way.

In the past couple of years, the group has assisted with distributions for local food banks, held an activity day for local nursing home residents, and raised money for Hospice and the International Sanctuary for Kids. They also held a silent auction at Doc’s Riverside Grille, with many items donated by local businesses and a breakfast at Applebee’s in Easton.

“I believe strongly that if we are asking students to do service learning and be productive and involved citizens, they should see us walking the walk,” says Stephanie. She is certainly setting an example and living by the motto that inspired her. She is the assistant volleyball coach, volunteers with the Empty Bowls and Adopt-A-Family programs, and has participated for 11 years in the QACHS Relay for Life team.

Stephanie says that she feels extremely proud of the students involved with the Interact Club who come from many different friend groups around the school to join together for a “singular, selfless, worthy cause.” She adds, “It is heartwarming to see the students working together.”

“Service above self is a daily part of my life, even if it is just with my colleagues, friends, or family. It is rewarding beyond words and ultimately brings about a better world.” says Stephanie. She has been an art teacher at QACHS for 16 years and also serves as the Department Coordinator and County Lead Teacher for the Visual Arts. She enjoys working with art both in and out of the classroom and has four “furry babies” (dogs) that also keep her busy.