farewell, Mrs stevens

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“You make your own happiness. Be happy now, life is going by while you’re waiting to be happy.” Mrs Stevens embraces this quote. She knows how to make her classes laugh with her jokes and astonishes them with her knowledge of many varied topics. Mrs Stevens explained that she may come across as hard on the outside, but she has a warm heart on the inside filled with compassion.
Mrs Stevens joined the Riebeek family in 1996. She grew up in Zimbabwe and studied at Rhodes University. Mrs Stevens said that her high school Maths teacher played an important role in her love for Maths, and she in turn has become an inspiration to many of her learners. She holds a BSC Masters in Mathematics and Physics. She loves doing cryptic crosswords and setting the general knowledge quiz at the end of every term and says she is horrified by the learners’ lack of general knowledge. Mrs Stevens has been to Europe and the United States on multiple occasions. She as participated in the Corporate Triathlon, Iron Man and the Cape Argus.  Mrs Stevens met her husband at Rhodes University. They have been married for 37 years. Mrs and Mr Stevens are both Maths teachers, although Mrs Stevens says that Mr Stevens isn’t quite as clever as she is. They have two sons, Gavin, who works in Cape Town, and Dryden, who lives with them. Mrs Stevens is extremely proud of her children's accomplishes.
Mrs Stevens advised the girls to “Find your passion and follow that.” Mrs Stevens has most certainly done that and in doing so she has not only ignited that passion in many of her learners but has showed them that by following your passion you can never go wrong.
Mrs Stevens believes that her highlights are the little, daily things, such as when her learners do well in a test or when they pay her a compliment.  Another highlight was when her niece was Head Girl in 1997. Mrs Stevens loves seeing the girls at events such as the Gala.
Lindsay McFarlane, Old Girl, shared, “When I think of Mrs Stevens, I  think of the saying ‘slow and steady wins the race’. Looking back, I think this quote has been one of the biggest lessons I learnt, and something that I constantly remind myself of when I feel I am rushing into something. I always thought this saying was ironic coming from Mrs Stevens, as  she is one of the most competitive people I know. Knowing that even someone like her needs to be reminded of going slowly and steadily really encouraged me to stop and take my time, doing things properly rather than finishing first.” 
Sinovuyo Madlavu said, “She is kind hearted, although she has her own quirky way of showing it. Her passion and brilliance inspire me every day. She has cultivated excellence and a love for Maths in me and is one of the reasons I will be pursuing actuarial sciences. I feel eternally blessed to have been taught by such an amazing mind. Mrs Stevens has become one of my role models and not merely a teacher. She has shaped me so much, and I cannot thank her enough.”
It will be difficult to fill her shoes. She has been a driven teacher who aims to help children to excel in Maths. Mrs Stevens’ dedication and commitment came through in every Maths lesson. She is known to never give up, not only when it comes to problems but with the girls too. Quotes like “money for jam”, “this isn’t a pick a number show” and the Beyoncé lyric “to the left, to the left” will stay with the girls as Mrs Stevens quotes that put a smile on the faces of the girls unless it was written on their test.
Mrs Stevens plans on spending more time outdoors with her husband and younger son. Furthermore, she plans to play bridge, tennis, and do some Pilates and some more travelling and perhaps go back home to visit Zimbabwe. Mrs Stevens will most certainly miss teaching but she’ll especially miss her colleagues and the friendships she has formed in her 23 years at Riebeek.
Mrs Peltason wrote, “Highly intelligent and interested in everything, Vivienne Stevens made her mark setting up creative general knowledge tests. She is no slouch when it comes to words and can solve a crossword quicker than most, including the cryptic crossword which remains an unsolved mystery to me. This means that had Mrs Stevens been born forty years earlier she would probably have  been  a very good code-breaker. Her cycling team-mate is her husband Peter, who shares many of her passions. Both are Mathematics teachers, both have the kind of sense of humour that their pupils respect and fear. Someone once confided in me that there was nothing worse than getting a dressing down from Mrs Stevens. A member of the “Great Eight”, controller of the purse-strings of the Stok-ou-vel, and founder member of the elite coffee club, Mrs Stevens was one who kept things running smoothly.  She liked things the way she liked them, and she liked her coffee hot. Mrs Stevens is not into hugging, and yet she has a heart of gold. She has sometimes been a little like Eeyore, but she never lost up her professionalism, even when things were getting her down. We will miss her, both as a colleague and as a precious friend, and we wish her many glasses of delicious wine, quaffed in a deck chair, feet up, with Peter, at Trail’s End.”

 October 14, 2018
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