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: Chase Ferree”

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: Aleida Sanabria”

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: Jenny Gardony”

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: Jake Friedman”

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: Dora Acosta”

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: Ricky Richardson”

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 “Why I Teach: Fay Alexander”