Cesar Chavez’s newest biology teacher has started off the school year strong. Curious, compassionate, and open minded, former English teacher, and vet tech Katherine McCormick was born in Glastonbury, Connecticut. She attended Florida State University to get her bachelors in Biochemistry and minors in Spanish, Psychology, and Biology.
In addition to all this schoolwork and her previous two years of teaching, McCormick has done more than get an education. She’s not only traveled all around the world but has also taught in South Korea.
“It was very different than anything I’ve ever done,” McCormick said.
She taught English in Korea to second through sixth grade students, but couldn’t have regular conversations with them.
“As far as teaching, it was really challenging, trying to connect with the students when you can’t have a casual conversation because everything I’d want to say in Korean, I didn’t know how to say it,” She said.
McCormick didn’t only teach while she was in Korea; she also traveled.
“In the two years that I was there I went to eleven countries,” McCormick said. “Every spare vacation time I was somewhere else.” She said.
She’s traveled to multiple cities throughout Korea and Europe. She speaks four languages including Russian, Spanish, Korean, and English. McCormick’s reason for leaving her career as a vet tech (working side by side with licensed veterinarians that diagnose illnesses and injuries of animals) is the lack of human interaction.
“I really missed the human interaction and I’ve always been good at explaining things in a way that people can understand and relating to people so teaching just kinda fell into that,” McCormick said.
The real reason she left to become a teacher is, “because when you get to help somebody get to that Ah-Ha moment, it’s amazing because all of a sudden all their hard work pays off”. She said.