Friend of the Week: Stephanie Lundin

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Stephanie lundin

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/steh-fuh-nee/ /luhn-dihn/

1. One rockin' wife to Melissa and mama to Everett & Alice. 👩‍👩‍👧‍👧

2. Kick ass math teacher. 💯

3. Some may know her as "Fontan." 😯

4. Cabaret singer, actor, and performer. 🎭


What is your full name and some of your nicknames?

Stephanie Erin Lundin, but I get called lots of other names on a daily basis.  My kids call me Mama, my family and friends call me Steph, Stefania or Stephie (thanks Dad), my students call me Ms. Lundin or SLundin and you and Devencenzi call me the ugliest of all of my nicknames, Fontan and Fontantinople. I'll never get rid of that one.

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How do we know each other?

We met at Jordan Middle School in 1991 (where we had Leadership and Señor Bernal's class together).  After that, we went to Palo Alto High School and UC Davis together.   We built spirit week floats, took Italian classes in millenovecentonovantanove (1999), planned our 5 and 10 year high school reunions (HOLY SHIT, IS NEXT YEAR REALLY 20 YEARS????), and danced with random guys at a sky bar in Puerto Vallarta. 

Where are you from?

P.A!  You know! 

Favorite thing about living in San Francisco?

My favorite thing about living in SF is the food and living 2 blocks from Golden Gate Park.  Plus we have our families close by so my kids get to hang with their cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents regularly. 

One kind of food and drink for the rest of your life. Go!

Fish tacos and Moscow Mules.  Not together. I'd alternate every other day. :)

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What's your most embarrassing moment?

You WOULD ask this question.  It involves me consuming many drinks on my 21st birthday, a bush that jumped out and attacked me in front of Baker's Square in Davis, CA, Michelle Devencenzi (former FOW) playing nurse with hydrogen peroxide trying to get the gravel and dirt out of my bloody leg while I winced and screamed on the couch, AND several pictures being taken (probably by you, ya little hussy).

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What's your signature style?

Dark blue skinny jeans, a solid or striped top, and flip flops, no matter what SF weather is like.  It can be freezing and the flip flops are still there. 

What's your greatest attribute?

Definitely my smile or my laugh.  I've been told both are infectious.  I am the eternal optimist and try to always see the cup half full.  And plus, life is just better when you laugh.

What's something that most people don't know about you?

Uhhhh... I think most people know I'm an actor/singer, but in the past few years I've started doing my own cabaret shows in the Bay Area.  My next one is Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Society Cabaret in San Francisco.  Come thru!

Funniest moment with me that you can remember?

I believe it was during finals of fall semester when we were living in Ryerson 4 (the most boring girls' floor EVER).  Michelle, you and I were hyper and had the giggles (as usual) and wanted to do something to make people laugh so we dressed up (all I remember was bikinis over our clothes and huge maxi pads stuck to our backs?!?!?) and ran around to our friend's dorms rooms yelling and screaming, making fools of ourselves.  Yes, we were totally sober.  

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What's a day in the life of Stephanie like?

Ahh... the really exciting life of a parent...During the week, I wake up (or am woken up by one of my kids) by 6am and do the morning race of getting kids dressed, fed and out the door by 7:15. I drop Everett (5 years old) off at kindergarten and Alice (18 months old) off at daycare and then get to work.  I teach AP Calculus and work with students with learning differences at an all boys Catholic high school, which tends to be a hilarious, but rewarding endeavor.  After school, I pick up the kids and text my wife, Melissa, with the eternally annoying question, "What should we have for dinner?" If I'm lucky, I get to go to my kickboxing class at this muay thai gym down the street from my house.  Then I come home and watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones or The Daily Show with Melis.  On the weekends, it's family time so I basically spend it playing Legos or cleaning up after my kids.  Don't be jelly.

First bucket list item that comes to mind?

Live abroad with my kids.  I think it's important for them to see people and places that are different from them and gain an appreciation for something other than American life.

Life Motto?

Choose kindness and laugh often.


follow stephanie and her adorable family on all of their adventures at @stephlundin

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