This is one of many spotlights about Badin graduates and their successes in life.
Steph Weber is a Child Psychologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and also an assistant professor. She has a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) from the University of Indianapolis; a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Indianapolis; a Bachelor of Science from Saint Joseph’s College; and is working on her Masters of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Cincinnati.
Steph is passionate about advocating with and on behalf of individuals with disabilities, and teaching future leaders in the field of maternal and child health.
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Alumni Spotlight on: STEPH WEBER '02
What do you want to be when you grow up? A teacher who has inspired her students like (Badin science teacher) Mrs. Kay Collins did for so many of us.
Who inspires you and why? Anyone and everyone who is willing to take a stand for those who experience discrimination because every person has value and brings a unique diversity to our world.
What led you to this career? I fell in love with working with children with autism spectrum disorders in graduate school and now I want the world to recognize the value of people with disabilities.
What is your favorite quote? ‘Be more curious than afraid.’
What is your favorite book or movie and why? ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,’ because it has shaped my view of research and medicine and how I should work with the community, especially those from minority backgrounds.
What is your best memory as a Badin student? Putting together our class floats for Homecoming always brings a smile! So many of our classmates came together to help and it was always such a fun time. Staying up late at Kairos and spending that time with some of my most dear friends are memories I will always cherish. Riding the bus to away games on the softball team was so much fun! We laughed and got so close as a team. That taught me the value of relationships on a team and that when your team enjoys each other, the team does well.
Who was your favorite faculty/staff at Badin and why? Mrs. Kay Collins, because she was a great science teacher and also supported our Student Council work which helped me build skills for coordination and planning that I use everyday in my job. She is amazing!
Was there a particular faith related, spiritual experience you had at Badin and how did it impact your life? (Kairos, Mass, religion class, retreat, etc.) Why? I went on June Kairos as a participant and a leader. Those experiences shaped me into a teacher and someone who is relationship-oriented in all I do. I could not be more grateful for those opportunities for self and spiritual reflection as well as making lifelong friendships.
Who is your hero and why? Eunice Kennedy Shriver, because she convinced her brother to get the government to care and spend money to support people with intellectual disabilities. She was a visionary and her work lives on through the Special Olympics and so many other programs that benefit one of the most vulnerable populations.
What is one thing that you learned while at Badin that you still use and value today? Treat the janitor the same as you treat the boss. Badin taught me to value every person’s contributions and work to make sure everyone feels included.
More about Steph! My career allows me the best of everything in a healthcare setting. I get the privilege of treating patients, teaching students, doing research and engaging with the community. Badin taught me to be well-rounded and that has helped me to be successful in developing a career of service to others.