Stephanie Stahl Hamilton is a native Arizonan having spent her early childhood years on Navajo Tribal Lands. She is married to Derek Hamilton, a middle school teacher in TUSD. Twenty-one years of marriage has blessed them with three children, two dogs, and a desert tortoise.
After completing her Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary, Stephanie and Derek made Tucson their home. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA and is currently serving as Parish Associate at St. Mark’s.
Stephanie’s faith and love for her community drove her extensive involvement from coaching cross country, to coordinating the after school garden program, to working in the schools as a substitute teacher, even serving on the Site Council and the PTO. The more involved she was in the Tucson community and public schools the more she saw that a lack of investment in public education adversely affects all Arizonans.
Stephanie served on TUSD’s Family Life Curriculum Committee, dedicating hundreds of hours reviewing and revising the curriculum. Facing strong opposition, she has proven her commitment to the children in our community, by completing an inclusive, updated, and relevant curriculum that addresses the well-being of the children in the district.
Stephanie’s role as the Executive Director of Montlure Presbyterian Church Camp enabled her to meet and serve children from all over Arizona. It was their faces, stories and connection to their communities which lent a more comprehensive perspective of the critical role played by policies put into place by the State Legislature.