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Heather Mosley | SBJ

2023 40 Under 40: Micheala Steinmetz-Benton

Ozarks Technical Community College

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At age 19, Micheala Steinmetz-Benton became an academic tutor which led to a lifelong passion in education. After completing a master’s degree in cell and molecular biology, teaching at Kickapoo High School, and pursuing a doctorate in education from Lindenwood University, she returned to where she first got a taste of academic leadership: Ozarks Technical Community College.

On the journey, Steinmetz-Benton says she faced adversity, trauma and homelessness, and she uses those experiences to empower other young women.

“I had every reason to go astray,” she says. “Yet every time I faltered, someone along the way intervened.”

Now, the 33-year-old strives to pay forward the compassion she was shown through her leadership and volunteering. Her active involvement with the Junior League Springfield, Isabel’s House and Court Appointed Special Advocates is a testament to her dedication.

Your proudest moment? When I gave birth to my son. I love him more than anything and consider him my greatest motivation to keep making the world a better place. 

Your professional aha moment? Everyone wants to feel a sense of belonging and when you meet students where they are, share some laughter and treat them with kindness and understanding, you can positively impact their lives.

Favorite book? “Educated,” by Tara Westover.


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