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Steve Capone

Middle School Integrative Studies: Humanities Teacher

At McGillis since 2017

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B.A., English and Philosophy, Washington & Jefferson College
M.A., Humanities, University of Chicago
Philosophy, University of Utah



Steve loves to spend what time and opportunity he has reading and writing. He is currently in the process of publishing his debut novel, which is a YA thriller set in 1965 Berlin. He spends several weekends per year playing D&D, has a great board game collection, and he is game-psychology inspired in his classroom as well. There's no better way to learn than to play and create!


As McGillis celebrates its 30th anniversary, what is a memory you would like to share with our community?
McGillis has welcomed my family as it has countless others, and we feel a part of the community in ways for which we cannot possibly express the fullest sense of our gratitude.


As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, what is your wish for McGillis?
I wish for McGillis to continue growing and for it to expand on its mission of repairing the world.


I am currently reading:
The Dispossessed (Ursula K Le Guin), The Writer's Journey, Mythic Structure for Writers (Christopher Vogler), The Heroine with 1001 Faces (Maria Tatar), Kindred (Octavia Butler)


I am learning to:


Favorite McGillis lunch:
Chicken Gyros


Favorite McGillis tradition:
The 6th Grade Teton Science School trip


Favorite McGillis moment:
The start of every school year - everyone is so excited to be back! The students are excited to see one another and to get going on another exciting year.


The defining moment that led you to your career in education:
In grad school, when I realized that I needed to communicate what I know and how I know about the world to help others gain understanding.


What is a powerful moment you experienced at school (either as a student or an adult)?
One of those times I cried in front of the kids or my colleagues and it was okay.