By: Patricia Peña Carty
BC ’02, Science Teacher, Chair and Assistant Principal at University Heights High School
Ed. Note: Patricia is one of only seven teachers to be recently honored with a Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics by the Fund for the City of New York. A 2002 Berkeley Carroll graduate, Patricia shares some of her story and how Berkeley Carroll helped get her to where she is today. Read more about her and the award on the Daily News website.
I got into teaching when I was recruited by Teach for America during my senior year at Georgetown University. Although I was all set to attend dental school, the calling to join AmeriCorps and devote myself to educating and mentoring deserving youngsters attending public schools grew into my newfound passion. I was so fortunate to receive a rich and life-altering education at Berkeley Carroll, and I was determined to become a teacher that could bring private school quality education into public schools. Every day that I would awake and ready myself to attend BC, I was filled with joy and excitement, and each classroom I would enter transported me to a new dimension of discovery, inquiry and adventure. My educators and mentors respected me as an individual learner, celebrated my successes and talents, and I was challenged to grow in so many ways. Continue reading…