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.
Why I Teach: Karim Gibson
I realized my passion for one day teaching and working with young people soon after I graduated from high school. Before enrolling in college on an athletic scholarship, I had a wonderful opportunity to work as a summer youth counselor with inner city youth in my hometown of Lynn, MA.
The experience taught me that adults play a vital role in the lives and growth of children. Despite some small challenges, I was determined to make a difference in young lives as a teacher, coach and mentor in the most enriching way. I wanted to work with students who experienced learning difficulties and so, initially, I became a special education teacher.
I also began to take close a look at the obesity epidemic plaguing America today. Health, wellness and nutrition has been taken for granted, it seems. My athletic background as a youth and through college gave me privileges unlike my friends and family to embrace physical fitness and team sports competition. My role as both the Athletic Director and WAM teacher will allow me to teach fitness activities, help our athletic coaches, embody sportsmanship, and support students who would like to pursue intercollegiate sports.
As I begin the year at CCSC, I am looking forward to preparing students to lead healthy, active lives through their school years and beyond.
Mr. Gibson earned his BA at the University of Rhode Island and his master’s in education and C.A.G.S at Cambridge College.