Next 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 .
Why I Teach: Zoe Masters
When I was in high school, I struggled in some classes and thrived in others. The classes that I loved had two things in common. First, the teachers cared about me. They took the time to get to know me, and they challenged me to achieve more than I had thought was possible. Second, my friends and peers were excited about learning (or winning, in the case of debate!). Even when the teachers weren’t watching, we pushed each other to do our best work, and we had fun along the way.
As a teacher, I’m working to create an environment where all of my students can find and grow their own love of learning. I love teaching science because it can grow so many different parts of your brain and totally transform your perspective of the world around you. I am excited to teach at CCSC because the people here care about each other, work hard, and are passionate about the work that they do. It is a privilege to be part of such a warm, supportive, and dedicated community.
I believe that my students will be successful if they can take away from their education not only skills, but a lifelong mindset of belonging, curiosity, growth and resilience. I want my students to go out into the world knowing that they always have a home at CCSC and adults who care about their success. I want them to see setbacks and mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow. I want them to have self-confidence as scholars and know that no academic field or career is out of reach. Finally, I want my students to have strong analytical skills and the moral courage to engage critically with the injustices that they see in the world. These things will not be learned in any one class at CCSC, but we build the foundation for them in our interactions as a community every day. I am glad to be part of it.