Meet Mr. Starling

English & history teacher Mr. Starling
English & history teacher Mr. Starling

New to the CCSC humanities faculty this year is Harvard and Lesley grad Christian Starling, who is teaching US History II to juniors and College Prep English to seniors. He is also a 12th grade advisor. At the start of the year, Mr. Starling introduced himself to his advisees by way of a letter (with footnotes!) and assigned his history students homework to write their own letters of introduction back to him. Read about Mr. Starling’s formative years in Detroit, his teaching experience in Charlotte and Washington, and what brought him to CCSC. Continue reading “Meet Mr. Starling”

Alumna Joins CCSC Faculty

New teacher and alumna Courtney Johnson
New teacher and alumna Courtney Johnson

CCSC opened yesterday for our 10th school year with the usual mix of excitement and jitters — and for the first time, with a faculty member who remembers walking though the same doors as a student. Courtney Johnson was a 9th grader from Cambridge when CCSC first opened in 2005 and she graduated, in 2009, with our very first class. After earning her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and teaching English Language Learners through City Year Boston, Ms. Johnson has returned to CCSC as an associate teacher. She will be supporting 8th grade students, assisting in a Spanish II classroom, and advising juniors. We are proud and delighted to welcome our first CCSC graduate to the faculty. Please read on for Ms. Johnson’s “Why I Teach” personal mission statement. Continue reading “Alumna Joins CCSC Faculty”

Why I Teach: Mr. Gibson

Mr. Gibson
Mr. Gibson is our new director of athletics

We are pleased to welcome Karim Gibson to the CCSC faculty as our new director of athletics and wellness and movement (WAM) teacher. Mr. Gibson brings considerable experience working and coaching in both charter and district schools. Most recently Mr. Gibson served as executive director of the MCPSA track and field league and worked at Smith Leadership Academy. A track and field standout in high school, he attended college on a full athletic scholarship for football. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Mr. Gibson”

Why I Teach: Nathan Dineen

Dineen_Nathan_webOur “Why I Teach” series resumes after a summer hiatus with a powerful personal mission statement  by Associate Principal Nathan Dineen, who joined the CCSC administration last year. This year his role has expanded to oversee student discipline and the positive behavior intervention system in all grades. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Nathan Dineen”

Why I Teach: Laura Efron

_DSC0037Our “Why I Teach” series resumes with Laura Efron, who explains how a young girl from Maine grew up to became a Spanish teacher. This Friday (May 23), Ms. Efron is organizing CCSC’s first Culture Festival for students and their families to share traditional food and games from their cultures. The fun starts at 5 PM. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Laura Efron”

Why I Teach: Danielle Makarious

Nov. 22, 2013Our “Why I Teach” series continues with Danielle Makarious, director of special programs. Ms. Makarious, who started at CCSC as a special ed teacher in 2010, now leads a “Special Ops” team of five learning specialists, four associate teachers, an ELL teacher and a speech pathologist who work with students with a range of special needs. Almost 20% of CCSC students have diagnosed learning differences. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Danielle Makarious”

Why I Teach: Chris Cook

US Principal Chris Cook at his mobile desk
US Principal Chris Cook at his mobile desk

Our “Why I Teach” series resumes with Chris Cook, who is in his second year as upper school principal. Highly visible and admittedly “intense,” Mr. Cook seems to be everywhere at once, working from his standing desk in the Upper School hallway, talking with students during lunch, overseeing early morning arrivals and after school learning centers, and visiting classrooms to observe and evaluate teachers. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Chris Cook”

Why I Teach: Kyle Fahsel

Mr. Fahsel in class
Mr. Fahsel in class

Up next in our “Why I Teach” series is 7th grade humanities teacher Kyle Fahsel, who came to CCSC in the fall of 2012 after spending two years with Teach for America in North Carolina. Mr. Fahsel (pronounced “fossil”) says, “I teach for the students who weren’t pushed hard until they walked through our doors. I teach for the students who haven’t been treated fairly by our education system until they arrived at CCSC.” Continue reading “Why I Teach: Kyle Fahsel”

Why I Teach: Eva Lam

History teacher Eva Lam
History teacher Eva Lam

Harvard graduate Eva Lam joined CCSC’s upper school humanities team this fall after studying for her doctorate in education at Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar. Her deep knowledge of the subject matter and her ability to draw connections between historical and current events make her classroom one where history comes alive. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Eva Lam”

Why I Teach: Megan Hogan

Ms. Hogan teaches Integrated Math I to 7th graders.
Ms. Hogan teaches Integrated Math I to 7th graders.

Seventh graders at Community Charter School of Cambridge a total of 8 hours a week in math class, so they get to know their teacher very well. For 44 of this year’s 7th graders that math teacher is Megan Hogan, whose energy and enthusiasm for her subject and her students never flags. Her classroom walls are decorated with posters of CCSC’s values, and it is two of those values (commitment and scholarship) that most inspire and drive Ms. Hogan. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Megan Hogan”