Julie Stevens Named Distinguished Alumna for December
The Klein ISD Board of Trustees honored Ms. Julie Stevens as the Distinguished Klein ISD Alumna for the month of December. Ms. Stevens was nominated by 2020-2021 Board President Mr. Chris Todd.
“I’m very grateful to my Dad who taught me to have a passion for education,” said Ms. Stevens. “Education is of course the number one priority in our home. My mom has always been involved in the school, and she showed me that being involved in your child’s education is important, so I’m grateful for that.”
Ms. Stevens attended Klein High School, which was the school her father, Art Mittelstaedt, served as an Associate Principal. During her time at Klein High, Julie was active in Choir and HOSA. She was also an officer in the Student Council as well as a Klein High Standleader. She was highly involved, respected, and truly admired by staff and her peers for her joyful disposition and natural desire to be a compassionate leader on campus.
After graduating from Klein High, Julie went on to college, married her high school sweetheart, and returned to Klein to settle and raise her family in the area.
Julie is an exceptional volunteer in Klein ISD. In fact, she served as the district volunteer coordinator for eight years. Julie also served on the Klein Education Foundation Board of Directors for seven years where she spent much of her time coordinating, planning, and working the events that the foundation holds, including the yearly Fun Run and the Buddy Brown Golf tournament.
Recently, Julie recognized that teachers could use additional support from people outside their inner circles. Hence the “Adopt a Teacher” initiative on Facebook was created, which is an online opportunity for community members to connect with teachers within the district and “adopt” them for the school year by providing teachers with little gifts or words of encouragement and support. To this day, Julie has recruited nearly 6,000 followers to this group to support our amazing Klein ISD teachers. She is a true difference maker in our community with how she expands her positive influence and love for our Klein teachers.
Along with being such a positive influence, Julie is a true giver. In November, Julie worked with the Klein ISD Police Department to collect non-perishable food items to restock Klein ISD Campus Pantries which assists families in need year-round. Additionally, Julie is currently involved in collecting coats and jackets for a Klein ISD Winter Coat Drive. Her relenting pursuit to serve others with love, joy, and assurance is so fulfilling and admirable!
In 2015, Julie was honored with a Region 4, Heroes for Children award by the State Board of Education, a distinction that recognized her for her exceptional volunteering and support of Texas public schools.
“When you volunteer for our schools you need to make sure you’re there for EVERY student,” said Ms. Stevens. “What helps the community succeed is remembering that it is about everyone.”
“Deep Roots and Strong Branches” is a common saying here in Klein ISD, and Julie shares another perfect example of this mantra. Julie’s great-great-grandfather, Mr. Wilhem Hofius, was one of the first settlers in present-day Klein. You may recognize the name Hofius as it is the name of our most recently built intermediate school, Hofius Intermediate. In addition, Julie’s father, Mr. Art Mittelstaedt, was a long-time and beloved Klein administrator within the district.
She and her husband Tyler have two sons both of whom currently attend Klein ISD schools, first Kohrville Elementary, then Benignus Elementary and currently, Krimmel Intermediate, and Klein Oak High School.
Julie is passionate about the opportunities provided by Klein ISD and works to promote and support the district in any opportunity that comes her way. In her own words, “I love volunteering in education, but what connects me and drives me is that I’m a mom first.”
We are beyond grateful to Ms. Stevens for being a treasured alumna of Klein High School and a valued Klein Family member. Please join us in congratulating Julie Stevens as the December Alumna of the Month!
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