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Stephanie Chapman Stephanie Chapman of Riverdale Park, Md., passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2011, at her home at the age of 36 following a courageous six year battle with ovarian cancer. She is survived by her father, John D. Chapman, Jr. and his wife, Leah, of Williamstown, Mass., her mother, Lynne Chapman of North Pownal, Vt., her brother, Darren Chapman, of North Pownal, Vt., her aunts and uncles, Carol Crosscup of Williamstown, Mass., Michael and Jennifer Slattery of North Pownal, Vt., Jane Champagne of New Ashford, Mass., Ann Clark of Williamstown, Mass., many cousins, and her very special dog, Twyla. Stephanie was born in North Adams, Mass., attended Pine Cobble School in Williamstown Mass., Westover School in Middlebury, Conn., and graduated with honors from Mount Anthony Union High School in 1993. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Interdisciplinary Studies from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 1997. From 1998 to 1999 Stephanie was an Americorp volunteer in George, Washington as a reading teacher at the George Elementary School. Upon returning to Vermont she held a reading teacher position at the Molly Stark Elementary School in Bennington from 1999 to 2000. In 2001 Stephanie accepted a 2nd grade teaching position in a dual language program at the American School of Guatemala in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Here she fulfilled her desire to learn Spanish as a second language. Upon her return to the United States Stephanie moved to Maryland and taught in the dual language program for grades kindergarten through second at the Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Hyattsville, Md., from 2002 to 2006. From 2006 until her death she held the position of reading specialist at the Hyattsville Elementary School in Hyattsville, Md. In 2003 Stephanie was a recipient of the Washington Post's and the Embassy of Spain's International Teaching Fellowship giving her the opportunity to attend educational programs at some of Spain's finest universities. In 2008 she earned her Master's of Science degree in Education - Elementary Reading and Literacy, and achieved her National Board Teachers Certification in 2009. Stephanie enjoyed tennis and running, was an avid reader and loved to travel. MEMORIAL SERVICE: A celebration of Stephanie's life will be held at the Mill On The Floss Restaurant in New Ashford, Mass., on Sunday, January 8, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Stephanie's memory to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at www.ocrf.org, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition @ www.ovarian.org, or the Washington Animal Rescue League at www.warl.org

Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 23, 2011
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