Meet Mrs. Emily Pennings

We asked our teachers & staff a few questions so that you can get to know them better!

What is your role at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic School?
Computer Technology Teacher

What year did you start working at St. Stephen?

Tell us about your education background & about your teaching/work experience.

  • Education: I have an Associates Degree in Secretarial Science (Dordt University, Sioux Center, IA) and a Bachelors Degree in Business, Marketing, and Information Technology (Dordt University, Sioux Center, IA). I am currently working on my Masters Degree in Instructional Technology.
  • Work History: I started my teaching career as the Technology Teacher at St. Bernadette School. I began teaching at St. Stephen in January of 2019.

What do you love about your job?
I love being able to introduce my students to new technology and be able to see their creativity in the projects and activities we get to work on!

Who is your favorite Saint or what is your favorite scripture?
My favorite scripture is: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Tell us about your family (spouse, children, grandchildren, pets, etc.):
My husband, Darren, and I have been married for 16 years. We have three boys: Caden (14), Brycen (10), and Austin (7). We have a Havanese named Toby, a bird named Royal, and a hamster named Hammie.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
My mom was a teacher and for as long as I can remember, I wanted to be one, too! I remember setting up all my stuffed animals and giving them homework to do.

What is your favorite sweet treat?
I love tiramisu and any kind of gummies!

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
I love spending time with my boys. On most weekends, you can find me at a baseball field, basketball court, or soccer field!

What piece of advice would you give parents to help their child(ren) succeed at St. Stephen?
Something I often tell my students (but is good advice for everyone) is don’t be afraid to make mistakes! Sometimes that is the best way to learn something!