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 Gretchen Stephan was born and raised in Rochester, New York, the second youngest of five children of Dr. Bill and Joanne. Gretchen attended St. Michael’s College, in Burlington, VT, and graduated in 1989. That fall she began her teaching career in the West Irondequoit School District, just outside Rochester, teaching 3rd, 4th , 5th and 6th grades at a number of schools in the district. During this time she also earned her Masters in Education from Nazareth College and her Certificate in Administration from SUNY Brockport. Gretchen served as Assistant Principal for two years before returning to her true passion, the classroom, as a 4th grade teacher.  

After 12 years of teaching, administration and countless “additional assignments”, including summer tutoring, Gretchen and her sidekick, Jake, (a yellow Labrador) took on their biggest professional challenge as she decided to relocate to Atlanta in the summer of 2001 and further pursue her desire to make a difference in the lives of young people.  Gretchen continued teaching and mentoring countless children of all ages and backgrounds, most recently at Morningside Elementary School in Atlanta. 

In the summer of 2006, Gretchen was diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH), a lung disease for which there is no known cause or cure.  In October of 2007, Gretchen passed away while waiting for a lung transplant. Gretchen was 39 years old.

 



  

 

 

  

 

 

 

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Gretchen’s Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity and is registered with the state of Massachusetts as a non profit organization.