Meet Elisha “Eli” Carter!
- Where are you from?
- Originally, my family was from West Virginia, but I was raised in Upper Darby, PA.
- Where/what are you currently teaching?
- I currently teach at James G. Blaine Academics Plus in North Philadelphia. I teach 7th & 8th Grade ELA and Social Studies.
- Do you participate in extra curriculars/club at your school?
- Right now, I do not (virtual has made things a little difficult). But I am planning to start a club with a co-worker and I attended all of the basketball games last year.
- What are 3 words to describe you?
- Energetic, Motivated, Passionate
- If you could learn any skill/hobby what would it be?
- Animal Husbandry (I’m actually in the process)!
- Tell us something that may surprise us about you!
- My sophomore year, I put down my clarinet and picked up a tuba because someone told me I wasn’t strong enough. I played it in our competitive marching band for the next several years.
- If you have 30 minutes of free time, what do you do?
- Watch Youtube videos about homesteading or Dungeons & Dragons.
- How do you spend your summers?
- Reading, watching movies, going to the beach, and planning for the upcoming school year.
- If you could spend time with anyone who would it be?
- My grandparents that have passed. I’m currently getting back into/learning a lot about gardening, and self-sufficiency. My grandparents were coal miners who grew up in the mountains of WV. I wish I could ask them so many questions.
- What advice do you have for kids struggling in school?
- Everyone struggles with something. Not everyone is good at everything. However, those that do their best every day, will go further than “natural” talent. In school, I struggled with spelling, reading comprehension, and math. I remember sitting in classes, in high school, and crying because I didn’t understand what was going on. I kept trying and pushing forward. I went for extra help. I did extra homework problems. I may not have been able to do the work as well as everyone else, BUT I promised myself that I would out work everyone else. Here I am today, teaching a lot of the same concepts that made me cry. My advice, work hard! At the end of the day, you’ll learn more and people will remember that a lot better than how many “A’s” you received.
Eli is a Middle School Tutor on our team. She graduated from West Chester University with a dual degree in English and Special Education. She is also currently working towards her Masters degree in Writing. Additionally, Eli works as a 7th and 8th grade English Teacher. She has worked to create a classroom environment that allows all students to feel successful while also encouraging them to take risks.
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