Teacher in Focus: Carolyn McDevitt

by Celia Shortt

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Carolyn McDevitt, 9th grade gifted and STEM , Northgate High School 

Why did you become a teacher?

From the time I was 7 and played school in the basement, I knew it. I had the leadership needed to be a teacher. I was a sophomore in college and had an English major. I added education to it. I knew it was the right decision.

What is your favorite part about being a teacher?

Interacting with the kids. I like to make connections with people.

What is your favorite memory of teaching?

Two years ago, I had breast cancer. Students made me cards and a poster. I was so overwhelmed for them to show me that love and appreciation.

How long have you been teaching?

Since 1993, but I took four years off to be home with my kids.

Do you have a family?

I have been married for 18 years, and I have two boys. One is a junior here, and the other is a seventh-grader at Madras Middle School.

What do you do for fun?

I do things with my boys. I watch their baseball games. I read. Pinterest is my guilty pleasure. I also like decorating and do interior design.

If there is one thing you could teach your students, what would it be?

Be yourself. You're great however you are. I tell my students that every day, and I teach them that through literature and personal stories.



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