Category Archives: Teaching

Why I Teach: Dora Acosta

Dora Acosta

Dora Acosta

Our “Why I Teach” series resumes with Ms. Acosta, whose belief in the transformative power of reading brought her to  a career in education. A native of France, Ms. Acosta moved to Haiti with her family as a teen. She came to the Boston area as a high school junior and says, “I fell in love with English as a high school senior. My English teacher really made the subject come alive and relatable to real life. I began to look at characters and stories in a new light. I have loved reading and writing ever since.” Continue reading

Why I Teach: Ricky Richardson

ricky1At CCSC we talk a lot with students about the importance of bringing a growth mindset to the classroom. In his reflection on his practice, math and computer science teacher Ricky Richardson writes about how he helps his students see that taking risks and making mistakes is an essential part of the learning process. His years of training as a jazz musician may have informed his own growth mindset, as jazz improvisation requires the courage to take risks. Continue reading

Why I Teach: Fay Alexander

091_CCSC_2014_091cContinuing with our “Why I Teach” series, here’s an inspiring personal mission statement by middle school humanities teacher, Fay Alexander. Ms. Alexander first came to CCSC last year as a Harvard senior and student teacher in Mr. Fahsel’s 7th grade classroom. We are thrilled to have her back to teach this year’s 7th grade humanities students. Continue reading

Nominate a Great Teacher

CCSC teacher Heather Haines with Gov. Patrick

CCSC teacher Heather Haines with Gov. Patrick

There is still time to nominate a great public school teacher for the 2014-15 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year program. Last year Community Charter School of Cambridge chemistry teacher Heather Haines was a semifinalist and was recognized by (and photographed with) Governor Deval Patrick at the awards ceremony. We would love to see another CCSC on the podium this year — there is no shortage of worthy candidates. Continue reading