Category Archives: Why I Teach

Why I Teach: Chase Ferree

Mr. Ferree

Mr. Ferree

Our “Why I Teach” series continues with high school English teacher Chase Ferree, who joined the CCSC faculty in 2013 after completing the Match teacher residency program and teaching in our Summer Academy. Mr. Ferree believes in the power of the written word to open eyes and hearts and to change individual lives and society. His classroom is a place where students learn they hold this power, too. Continue reading

Why I Teach: Aleida Sanabria

Aleida Sanabria

Aleida Sanabria

Spanish teacher Aleida Sanabria, a founding faculty member at CCSC, just marked 10 years at the school. She has been a teacher her entire career, having taught for at a boarding school prior to coming to CCSC. Safe to say, she has found her calling, and she is beloved as an advisor and as the faculty leader of our National Honor Society.  This year CCSC’s three-member Spanish department introduced AP Spanish (taught by Rachel Moody). Continue reading

Why I Teach: Jenny Gardony

Ms. Gardony

Ms. Gardony

This week’s installment of our “Why I Teach” series spotlights middle school math teacher Ms. Gardony (formerly Ms. Gerson), another of our faculty who has a passion for teaching in her DNA. All great teachers know how to command the “stage” at the front of the classroom; Ms. Gardony also shares her passion for theater with students in the drama club extracurricular. Continue reading

Why I Teach: Jake Friedman

Math teacher Jake Friedman

Math teacher Jake Friedman

Our “Why I Teach” series resumes with middle school math teacher Jake Friedman whose busy first year at CCSC has also included coaching the girls varsity soccer team and the boys varsity basketball team. Raised in Lexington and educated at Duke University, Mr. Friedman brings his intense drive and high expectations to both the classroom and the playing field/court. 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

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Why I Teach: Matt Pace

_DSC0504CCSC asks a lot of every member of the school community; our students work hard to meet the school’s high academic and behavioral expectations, and our teachers work very hard to ensure that every student has the support to meet those expectations. It takes a ton of commitment all around to succeed at CCSC. So it’s not surprising that math teacher Matt Pace reflects on the meaning of commitment in his “Why I Teach” essay. Continue reading

Why I Teach: Zoe Masters

_DSC0469cNext up in our “Why I Teach” series is Zoe Masters, who joined the CCSC faculty this fall after spending last year in the Match Teacher Residency program. A physics major at Princeton University, Ms. Masters teaches 9th grade physics and 8th grade science. She also advises 6th graders, whom she got to know this summer as a teacher at our required Summer Academy for new students . Continue reading