Skip to content

Dr. Karen McCarthy

Email: kmccarthy@vertusschool.org

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

Subject: ELA Teacher





How long have you been a teacher?

Most of my previous experience in education was in college administration. While working in admissions and enrollment management I had opportunities to teach some college-level ELA composition courses. I realized I enjoyed teaching more than attending meetings, so I made the move to full-time teaching. I've been at Vertus for 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 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


Request an Appointment with Dr. McCarthy


Scroll To Top