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Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.

A New School Year Means A New Challenge for Students—and This Teacher

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Every new school year is full of challenges for students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

I’m excited to report that this will be a very different school year for me. For the first time in 25 years, I’m not returning to my 1st-grade classroom. Instead, I’ve been selected as an induction coach for the Rhode Island Department of Education. In my new position, I’ll coach and support 15 first-year teachers, in four communities and eight different schools.

At first I wondered, “How could I possibly not return to my first grade classroom?” Yet, how could I pass up this chance to help beginning teachers and ultimately their students?

Ultimately, it came down to this: I could stay in my class and impact the academic success of 25 incoming students. Or, I could take this new position, with the possibility of impacting the academic success of more than 300 children.  After a summer of careful consideration I decided to choose the job that would allow me to help the greatest number of children—and so I accepted the position of induction coach.

The good news for readers of my School Family blog is that this opportunity will broaden my elementary experiences beyond my own classroom. Can’t wait to share all my new tips and adventures with you, so please keep reading!




#8 Seana 2012-10-05 01:41
Hi Connie!

My mom told me you were in this new position! I can't imagine anyone better! My visit to your wonderful first grade classroom was a help to me as I began teaching and that visit is still engraved in my mind a decade later. It was obvious that the kids had trust in you. Best wishes!

#7 Connie McCarthy 2012-09-09 15:56
Thank you all for your lovely and supportive comments!
#6 Livia McCoy 2012-09-08 23:04
Great news, Connie! My favorite week of the year is when I teach at the New Teachers Institute. I feel exactly like you do--that you are potentially making a difference in many more children's lives. Hope you have a great year.
#5 Laura 2012-09-06 15:14
What a wonderful way to share all of the knowledge you have about children and their learning! I know that when my children were in your class, I learned a great deal from you as a parent. Best of luck with the new position!
#4 Tori 2012-09-06 02:45
Congratulations on your new journey Connie!! What a wonderful job to help these new teachers. You will be missed! Best wishes for your new school year.
#3 Wendy 2012-09-06 01:33
There are 300 plus lucky students and 15 very lucky teachers out there who will be learning from the best!
#2 Lynn C. 2012-09-05 19:27
Congratulations Mrs. McCarthy!! They certainly are lucky to have you! We will miss you terribly! Can't wait to have you back!
#1 Kate 2012-09-05 18:26
Congratulations on your new adventure! They are very, very lucky to have you.

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