"...I’m a retired electrical engineer and former Program Manager at Wang Laboratories...whether or not I had a job opening, if someone like Stephanie came looking for a job, I would find a way to hire her.
I have been working with Stephanie since 2014 on local and statewide sustainable, clean energy policy and legislation, educating communities in Southern New Hampshire to advocate for themselves and plan for their future. This work is ongoing, and I am certain that the organization Stephanie founded to facilitate this work, ECHO Action, has had a meaningful impact in the Monadnock Region, at the State Legislature and the Public Utilities Commission.
Stephanie handles all the media, graphics, communications and social media for ECHO Action. Her campaigns have led to dozens to hundreds of people showing up to demonstrate, write or call legislators or offer testimony on bills that impact our clean energy future.
Her background in environmental education makes her the ideal person to educate at workshops and to train and coordinate volunteers, as she makes information easy to quickly process, increasing their involvement. She is a great teacher with an enthusiastic presence and a joy to work with as part of a team...
To me, one of the most impressive aspects of Stephanie’s work with ECHO Action is that she has performed volunteer community work in a professional manner, treating her work as a full time job, putting in long hours. I often ask her where she gets her energy from! She has greatly expanded her knowledge and recently told me she feels like she’s earned a second master’s degree.
She keeps her teaching skills up-to-date as a guest lecturer for environmental, activism and journalism classes at Keene State College, as well as speaking at meetings and conferences locally and as a delegate in Washington D.C. at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hearings."
Engineer, Energy & Utility Analyzer, Environmental Advocate, Former Nurse
PM - Political / Environmental
"I’ve been working with Stephanie as a volunteer and advocate for clean energy and a healthy environment for NH since 2014. We’ve worked together to analyze energy policy, legislation and regulatory proceedings, written up testimony and comments and assisted others in sending emails to their legislators and regulatory agencies in support of clean energy and environmental issues. Most recently, Stephanie and I were lead organizers for our two towns in a yearlong “Solarize” campaign to help the residents of our towns purchase solar at a group discount.
Specifically, Stephanie is responsible for media relations, writing blogs on energy policy, maintaining websites, developing presentations and graphics to support public education and outreach, and speaking/teaching workshops on climate and the environment. Stephanie has boundless energy and is extremely creative and resourceful.
The website she developed to promote our work has won an award. Another example relates to the advocacy work we’ve been doing with Franklin Pierce University. Stephanie is an alumna of FPU. When FPU invited community members to help develop a plan to make the university a resource for climate action, Stephanie’s contributions to the discussion had a galvanizing effect on the students in attendance. In subsequent meetings, the students asked to meet with Stephanie to help them engage and motivate other students and faculty. She has a wonderful ability to reach young people and bring out the best in them.
Stephanie is multi-talented and a great problem solver. What impresses me most and is probably directly related to her experience as a classroom teacher, is her ability to walk into a room and size up the situation. When we ran our solarize campaign, she was immediately able to redeploy volunteers to where they were needed most and rearrange tables to allow for better “flow” as attendees arrived for a presentation. She is smart, funny and an excellent communicator. Her ability to identify the cause of a problem and help a team reframe a situation in a way that allows them to use the skills they already have to address it or to bring in other skill sets is invaluable. She is focused on not wasting people’s time and giving them the best information possible in the moment.
I think Stephanie is a wonderful teacher and is great at encouraging best efforts. I know she also has administrative talents but hasn’t had as many opportunities to serve in that capacity in educational settings.
Stephanie is respectful in her dealings with others, whether they be elected officials, volunteers, parents or children. Often our events draw families to presentations on climate or environmental advocacy and I’ve noticed that she always finds a way to welcome and engage the children as well as the parents.
She is warm, personable and energetic. As someone who has worked with her for five years on some very intense legislative and regulatory campaigns around climate and environment, my assessment is that she is fun to work with, very bright, and quick to pick up new information.
Whatever she takes on, she does with her whole heart and mind. She is not someone who ever just goes through the motions. She is committed to young people and how important it is to educate them in the sciences so that they can apply critical thinking skills to whatever situations they may face in the future.
I know that our kids need GREAT teachers who will inspire them to get engaged and pursue careers in science and environmental education. Stephanie, as a professional educator and volunteer citizen scientist, is a wonderful role model for young people."
Engineer, Environmental Advocate
PM - Education / Community
"As the school system’s superintendent, I have found Ms. Scherr to be a conscientious and caring educator who is continuously pursuing means of educating herself by staying informed about current advances in the field of environmental science and the integration of other sciences and content areas. She embodies the concept of “life long learner”...
Ms. Scherr is an excellent educator who strives to provide her students with opportunities to broaden their horizons. Working with students from two small rural towns in Central Massachusetts, she understands the responsibility she has been given to bring to her students her knowledge and understanding of this planet’s challenges so that they, who represent the next generation of leadership, may appreciate the fragile nature of our environment.
Ms. Scherr encourages her students to write articles for the local newspaper regarding environmental and other science issues and challenges. She knows how to celebrate student work. It is clear to me that her students respect and appreciate her as an educator, mentor, and leader...
Ms. Scherr looks forward to the responsibility of sharing the immediate and long term impact of severe transformations affecting polar regions to her students, colleagues, and local/state groups."
School District Superintendent
RW - Science Education
"Stephanie is adept at engaging students in the science of our world. She is constantly introducing students to current events, like the recent fires in Australia, and helping them understand the scientific repercussions. She relates all topics back to the students, showing students that science is truly part of their daily lives. Maybe it is because of her infectious passion that students seem drawn to Stephanie. She is able to reach and teach seemingly unreachable students. Her open and excited demeanor signal to students that she is a teacher that can be trusted not only to teach them useful and necessary truths, but one they can rely on to help them with their challenges. As many Newport students face past and continuing trauma, and tend to distrust authority figures, this is an incredible feat on Stephanie’s part.
Stephanie is an innovative teacher. She is technologically savvy and a skilled collaborator. She is a leader in and out of the classroom. Recently, her students got to witness her phone interview with New Hampshire Public Radio. They gained a vision of how regular people can be an important part of their communities. She has creative ideas and dedicated follow-through, like her current project to help students understand the local effects of climate change on the maple industry. By having a maple farmer as a guest speaker and taking the students on a field trip to a local maple farm, Stephanie will successfully show instead of tell her students about the individual, real, and relatable impacts of a vague and nebulous scientific concept.
Stephanie is incredibly knowledgeable about her subject and has a wealth of experience teaching science. However, her vast knowledge does not stymie her desire to learn more. She models a love of learning to her students as she is eager to gain as much scientific knowledge and experience as she can. She enjoys participating in professional development and dedicates much of her free time to increasing her scientific expertise. She returns from these experiences, like studying the ecology of waterways in New Orleans, with an even-greater passion for her subject and a myriad of educational collaborators from around the country at her fingertips. Her professional development translates into a more captivating learning environment for her students. Her enthusiasm has also inspired me to look for more creative ways to engage in professional development.
Stephanie is a powerful, inventive, and resourceful teacher; your school would be lucky to have her. I recommend Stephanie with the highest praise."
AS - Science Education
"Ms. Stephanie Scherr built the environmental program to its respected status over her seven years with us...
Ms. Scherr is an outstanding professional who worked hard to make the Science Department a model of excellence. She is well respected and maintained a professional relationship with teachers, students, parents and administrators. She was diligent in her preparation and innovative with her teaching techniques...
Ms. Scherr dedicated hours and hours of necessary research and writing [and] awarded grant funds allowing her to equip her room with new computers for student use [and} grand funds to help offset the cost of field trips....
Ms. Scherr was a true "team" member, always willing to take on responsibility beyond the expected."
Science Teacher & Department Chairperson
KB - Science Education
"After the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Stephanie went to Louisiana to study water quality and the impacts of the spill on Gulf waters at the Louisiana University Marine Consortium. She is also trained in cleaning oiled birds.
Her connections with teachers and environmental organizations there have enhanced her teaching about the human impacts on estuaries and climate change. Her students were the only out-of-state school to participate in Louisiana's Bayouside Classroom, sharing her students' water quality data with students in the south. She not only teaches her subject matter, but lives it as well."
Science Teacher, Former Nurse
SD - Science Education
"I want to thank you for being a teacher worth recognition...I have looked forward to science class and enjoyed the lessons. You proved to your students that it doesn't matter how you get somewhere, only that you get there."
"The second reason for this letter is to tell you that you have helped me. I have not always been smiley and happy and looking for the positives. Somehow, you have shown me that there are always positives, even when the situation may disagree...I have always smiled once or twice during your class, especially when I saw that you hung up the sketch [of a rose that I gave you] on the white board. That meant a lot to me."
7th Grade Science Student
JB - Science Education
"Stephanie is energetic, enthusiastic and an excellent communicator. Through Stephanie’s leadership, citizen activists in four rural towns banded together and became more effective. She organized many public education sessions, invited political, engineering, conservation and other experts to speak. These meetings educated and mobilized individuals, giving us the tools needed to call, email and speak with our state representatives, speak at town meetings, testify at FERC hearings, have community vigils and rallies to protect a treasured town historic site, Pulpit Falls, and defend ourselves, our homes, farms, town and our vast pristine aquifer, from the threat of a natural “fracked” gas pipeline.
After the pipeline was withdrawn in May of 2016, we continued to work in our communities and on policy promoting renewable energy. It seems we may again be under threat of a pipeline. Our networks and community ties remain strong, and we will stand together again, for the future of our towns and state."
Nurse, Environmental Health Issues Organizer
SLD - Environmental / Political Advocacy
"Stephanie, we are seriously contemplating solar, and are currently receiving estimates, for spring installation. It would be good for all of us to better understand that there are many installation options, such as outright purchase of the equipment vs. rental, and how they affect our electrical billing. Thank you for undertaking yet another energy initiative [Solarize Monadnock] for our Monadnock area!"
MK - Fitzwilliam Energy Committeee
"Stephanie is the epitome of a [science] teacher. With boundless energy and enthusiasm she guides and instructs students in subjects that she is passionate about. In the time that I have known her she has worked tirelessly to give students access to technology and opportunities that they normally might not have had. She has written grants to get up-to-date technology for her classroom. She has advocated for the involvement of students in their local community by encouraging them to submit articles to a local newspaper. She had more student articles published than any other high school in the area for three years in a row.
I cannot even begin to tell you how influential she has been to my daughter. She has exposed her to discipline, infused with joy and laughter. Through her [dance] instruction I’ve watch my daughter become more confident, disciplined, and mature.
As both a teacher and a parent, I can say that there are very few individuals who I can recommend as highly as I do Stephanie. She is dedicated, hard-working, and insightful. She will be a valuable asset for any school system."
Science Teacher, Parent of a Dance Student
JC - Dance & Science Education
“I was just telling someone about the show and you and it hit me that you have an extraordinary blend of left brain/right brain, which to me means ... for a "science person" you sure are artistic! I LOVED the ocean theme - that was truly dance THEATER! Extraordinary and very entertaining.
I'm still laughing at the carrying of the little fishies across the stage. Tooooo flippin' cute! I loved it all and I want to THANK YOU on behalf of ALL the families of the girls (and boy) who have you for their teacher. We are all extremely lucky to have you and I am grateful for all that you do - it was superb!”
English Teacher, Parent of a Dance Student
KDB - Dance & Science Education
"My daughter has danced [at the Earth Dancer School] with the Amazing Miss Stephanie for many years - wonderful years that have helped my daughter gain grace, self confidence, respect and pride - as well as gaining life long friends in the process! A place where she has been nurtured & challenged and has blossomed from her experiences there.
[My daughter] has done things she never envisioned herself capable of doing under Miss Stephanies tutelage and the support and friendship of her fellow dancers. Earth Dancer School of Dance goes far beyond being just a "dance school" it's a life experience that helps children grow into being more than they ever thought they could be!"
Parent of a Dance Student, Artist
MGR - Dance Education
"Dear Miss Stephanie,
I just felt I had to let you know what a great positive influence you are for my daughter. I really don’t think you realize what a difference you have made in her life and ours.”
[My daughter is diagnosed with some special needs.] “She has always been very active, but her shyness prevented her from finding her own “niche” and doing something she liked. After a brief time under your tutelage, she has really come out of her shell. We have been amazed over the past year and a half at her development and confidence.
She has found something and someone she loves. Thank you! She sees you as a teacher and a friend. She’s come a long way and it warms our hearts. You have made a huge impact on my daughter’s life.”
Parent of a Dance Student
DJ - Dance Education
“I have never been so proud of my daughter...as I was Friday evening. She was a strong leader (smiling ear to ear), a fluid jellyfish (I too was in tears), fierce in battle (did you hear her growl?), graceful en pointe (I could see the woman she'll become), and simply liquid as an ocean wave (modern has always been my favorite to watch). The whole evening was enchanting and magical.
Thank you for the grace, strength and fierce independence you have instilled in my daughter. I wish I could pack you in a suitcase and move you with my family. Jaffrey has a GEM!”
Parent of a Dance Student
CS - Dance Education
"Stephanie is a hard worker of the highest integrity. I have known her for more than five years in the business and teaching world, and she is creative, inspiring, committed and holds herself to the highest standards. She is well liked and respected in the community and teaches from the heart."
Parent of a Dance Student, Artist, Business Owner
MG - Dance Education
"The knowledge, experience and passion these folks are bringing to NH is just extraordinary. A true labor of love, and they operate on an absolute shoestring. Consider a donation if you can."
"From the days of NED [Kinder Morgan "Northeast Energy Direct" pipeline] to today and the current struggle against Granite Bridge, ECHO has been a central player, informing the public and opposing fossil fuels. GREAT WORK and keep it up!"
"Great organization! Fighting for a just cause in a professional and educated manner."
"ECHO is a wonderful group of dedicated, knowledgeable, people who have been in the forefront, helping citizens and their communities understand the impacts of fossil fuel build outs and standing up for their rights for clean air and clean water."
"ECHO has always been in my mind the go-to group of people who welcomed everyone when we were fighting NED. They always extended their knowledgeable hands out in friendship and solidarity. It has always been a pleasure working with such a fine organization."