In the body of her scholarship essay, Eden Tekola wrote “I can’t exactly put into words how much my teachers have changed me for the better, but what I have realized is that teachers have a huge impact on their students’ mindsets. They can either motivate them or cause them to remain stagnant or degrade them, but what I’ve received and learned here in less than two years was so humbling and encouraging, that even I can observe how much I’ve changed and matured.”
Art Steffen was a tireless ambassador for Mountain View High School. He truly loved working here and would have been particularly proud to see Eden win a scholarship in his name, knowing how much the school had changed her. He would have loved having her in class and being part of her metamorphosis.
Eden wrote that Mountain View contributed to her resolve by providing her with the support team she needed. Art loved being part of that kind of a support team in the classroom and on the playing field.