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Dr. Karen McCarthy


Cell Phone: (585) 747-8911 Ext. 115

Subject: ELA Teacher

How long have you been a teacher?

I have about ten years of overall teaching experience. Most of my previous experience in education was in college administration. I realized I enjoyed teaching more than attending meetings, so I made the move to full-time teaching. I've been at Vertus for over five years and love teaching here.

What is your philosophy as a teacher?

I am a "warm demander" who believes it is my responsibility to set high standards for myself and my students. I challenge students to think critically, and push themselves, but I also provide support and the unflinching belief that they can be successful.

What motivates you to be at Vertus? (what is your “why?")

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." Gandhi

Who are you outside of Vertus?

I am an endlessly curious introvert with a passion for writing, reading, and the great outdoors.

What is your motivational message for students, current or future?

"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy; I'm telling you it's going to be worth it." Art Williams

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