The incredible teacher who provides food and clothing to students in need

Deborah Stevens is honored for her selfless work in the Thanks For Giving segment.
7:49 | 11/25/19

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This time of year people are thankful for what they're given. We want to take the time this week to say thanks for giving and thank people whose selfless acts are changing the lives of others. One viewer wrote in about that type of person. Take a look. Hi, Michael, Sara and keke. My name is Shannon Howell. I'm here to tell you about an amazing teacher Deborah Stevens. She took my shy, quiet son and turned him into a confident young man. She helps many students. She makes sure they have meals if they need them. She makes sure they have clothes for all these events when most of that comes out of her own pocket. She shows all of them how much they're loved and how much opportunity they have to be successful in whatever they choose to do. She provides all the plants for our community gardens and for the garden that provides hundreds and thousands of pounds to our food pantries, to our senior citizens and more. Come on up, Mrs. Stevens. How are you? Oh, my gosh. Thank you. Thank you. Now you are surprised because you thought you were here to talk about your horticulture program. I sure -- everybody in the entire state and across the country has not let in this much. I am truly blessed to be here and to do what I do every single day. I love my job. How does it feel to know you've had that kind of impact on people? You know, I've been teaching for 20 years. I don't know where 20 years went. I am one of over 11,000 ag teachers in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. What we do every day is not just teach about growing things, but growing students. It's so, so important. Kids need to know that someone believes in them and to find the greatness within them, to find that greatness within that individual student. That's why I'm there. I'm not making, you know, horticulturists. 95% of my kids will use it somewhere. Most is what they take away, they believe in themselves. They see how they connt to a bigger world to their communities, to near nation, to the world. You're teaching them life lessons. I'm getting goose bumps. I'm teaching them life. I've been blessed to do this for 20 years. I don't have an end in sight. I absolutely love working with students, high school students. I've worked with middle school. We do a lot of community outreach and community service. We grow all the plants for our county correctional facility where they literally plant and, as was stated in the video, thousands and thousands of food and vegetables go to our local food pantry. Truly locally grown. Yeah. Guess what? Shannon and her son C.J. Are here today. Come on out. No! Thank you for being here. Thank you so much. Thank you. You guys are really good at keeping a secret. Tell us why it was so important to recognize her today. What was it that jumped out to make sure she gets credit? She's provided so much for our community for the last 20 years as a teacher in our school for our students. She provides meals, food and emotional support for any kid that needs it. Mrs. Stevens, I know you mentioned how you help. I would love to know, what began this journey for you? What made you go into this field? It's really interesting. I didn't come the traditional path. I didn't go to school to become a teacher. I did landscape and garden design. I've owned a floral design business. I also home schooled my two kids. We travelled in the winter. So we got to see a lot of the country and there was always -- I was always a teacher. I had five younger brothers. I always was teaching them something. So it was just part of me. The career opened when I actually was training to be a nail tech. Honestly. Isn't it crazy where live takes you? Yes. I was giving a pedicure to the local director of our tech center. We got to chat. I still had all these other jobs I was doing. I was like I'm creative. I wanted to do something different. As I was giving her -- Katherine her pedicure we got to chat. Before I knew it, I was teaching and running the adult program at the tech center, coordinating people, connecting people. That's what I'm good at. I'm good at connecting. Mrs. Stevens, Shannon and C.J. Aren't the only ones who want to thank you. Take a look at this. All: Thank you, Mrs. Stevens! How does that make you feel? It's unbelievable. To have your whole school -- for me? I often put the praise to someone else. Not today. The praise is on you. Today it's about you. Because it's about you, we have another surprise for you. Oh, my. Our friends at Barbara cereal heard your story and they want to give you $5,000 worth of food. Wow. There's more. And another $5,000 to fix up your greenhouse. Oh, my gosh. We do need this Thank you so so much. I can't even begin to thank you for the opportunity to be here. I'm a Jersey girl. I have been married for 40 years in December. That's why I'm no longer a Jersey girl because I moved to New Hampshire. I'm thrilled and proud to receive this. You deserve it. This is for our community. Thank you. Thank you so much.

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