Why I Teach: Colin Tracy

Humanities teacher Colin Tracy
Humanities teacher Colin Tracy

CCSC sophomores have earned the school a #1 ranking statewide on the English Language Arts MCAS for the past two years, and 10th grade humanities teacher Colin Tracy is aiming for a hat trick with this year’s class. Visiting his classroom and seeing him in action leaves little doubt that this is no pipe dream. Now in his 8th year at CCSC, Mr. Tracy is a pro at keeping his students engaged and focused on building their communication skills. He’s such a natural and talented teacher that it’s hard to believe he didn’t always know he was destined to become one. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Colin Tracy”

Why I Teach: Ann Cheng

Ann Cheng with 9th grade students
Ann Cheng with 9th grade students

Teaching and a commitment to social justice seem to go hand in hand. Some teachers come to the profession out of a desire to pay forward educational advantages that have been given to them. Others are drawn to teaching because when they were students they saw that the playing field of educational opportunities wasn’t always level — and it bothered them enough to make them want to level it for younger students. For CCSC humanities teacher Ann Cheng, both reasons apply. Read her personal mission statement here. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Ann Cheng”

Why I Teach: Henry Seton

Henry Seton
Henry Seton

Our “Why I Teach” series continues with a reflection by Henry Seton, who chairs the humanities department and teaches both 7th graders and seniors.

With the Thanksgiving holiday nearing, all of us are mindful of the people who have shaped and supported us over the years, and it is the desire to “pay it forward” that makes Mr. Seton so passionate about sharing his love and knowledge of literature and history with students of all ages. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Henry Seton”

Why I Teach: Devin Morris

Devin Morris
Devin Morris at the Summer Academy family BBQ

Next up in our “Why I Teach” series is lower school math teacher and basketball coach Devin Morris. Mr. Morris came to the classroom from the fashion business, and before he joined the CCSC faculty he taught in our Summer Academy through the Match Teacher Residency graduate program. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Devin Morris”

Why I Teach: Erika Lowden

Ms. Lowden teaches math and science in the Lower School.
Ms. Lowden teaches math and science in the Lower School.

One of our new faculty members, Erika Lowden, is the next in our “Why I Teach” series. An MIT graduate, Ms. Lowden teaches math and science and math to 7th and 8th graders, but it was an English teacher in high school whose passion for his subject and ability to connect with students inspired her to become a teacher. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Erika Lowden”

Why I Teach: Katie Rieser

Ms. Rieser with Netaya Strothers '13
Ms. Rieser with Netaya Strothers ’13

You know you’re in the right profession when you wake up on Monday morning, and you are excited to come to work. Katie Riser has been bringing her inimitable enthusiasm for teaching to CCSC on Mondays — and every other day of the week — since 2007. As part of our “Why I Teach” series, Ms. Rieser writes about the importance of leveraging small daily interactions with her students. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Katie Rieser”

Why I Teach: Mandy Henry

Mandy Henry with students
Mandy Henry with students

Middle school humanities teacher Mandy Henry is the next in our “Why I Teach” series. Like many of her CCSC colleagues, Ms. Henry brings a deep commitment to social justice to her classroom, a commitment sharpened by working in a New York school district, where the “stark contrasts” of resources and expectations between two schools in the same neighborhood stoked her passion for her profession. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Mandy Henry”

Why I Teach: Heather Haines

Heather Haines with Governor Patrick
Heather Haines with Governor Patrick

Is there a teacher gene? Several members of the CCSC faculty are second and third generation teachers. Heather Haines, the chair of our science department, is one of them. For her, the challenge and satisfaction of being a teacher lies in helping her students realize that they are “born scientists.” Maybe in the future, one of her chemistry students will unlock the mystery of whether the teacher gene really exists. Ms. Haines’s personal mission statement is the third in our “Why I Teach” series. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Heather Haines”

Why I Teach: Tabitha Schober

Ms. Schober gets into the spirit of "Pi Day" on March 14.
Ms. Schober gets into the spirit of “Pi Day” on March 14.

It almost goes without saying that CCSC teachers share a strong commitment to social justice, to closing the “opportunity gap” in America by providing their students with a first-rate public education. Here, in the second in our series of Why I Teach posts, math teacher Tabitha Schober writes about her commitment to being “an agent of social change.” Continue reading “Why I Teach: Tabitha Schober”

Why I Teach: Seth Pearce

Seth Pearce teaches 8th grade humanities.
Seth Pearce teaches 8th grade humanities.

Talk to CCSC students and there’s one thing they’ll all agree on: their teachers really care about their success.

CCSC teachers care about students handing in homework on time, and about keeping them engaged with the material and focused in class. They care about students working hard and challenging themselves to improve their GPAs. They care about students participating in extra-curriculars and stepping up for leadership roles on and off campus. They care about preparing them to handle the challenges of college and developing the self-confidence and grit to persist.

Some might even say their teachers care a bit too much!

Do students ever wonder why their teachers care so much, why they’re willing to work long hours and do whatever it takes to make sure their students succeed?

This fall we asked all of our faculty and staff to write short personal mission statements about what drives them to care so much. The writing prompt was inspired by the “Why I Teach” series on PBS Learning Matters. We’ll be sharing some of their statements here, starting with this one by Seth Pearce, who teaches 8th grade humanities. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Seth Pearce”