Beth Cardozo is well known and well loved around HCS. She's a grad, a mom to 3 girls who are all at HCS, and she now works here as an Instructional Coordinator (more about that below!). We recently sat down with Beth to learn more about her.
Q: Where did you go to college and what did you study?
A: I went to Anderson University and studied Elementary Education.
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
A: I knew I wanted to be a teacher in elementary school at Mohawk Trails in Carmel. Mrs. Mercer was my teacher and she was the most amazing lady. She saw potential in me, even though I struggled academically. She was so patient, and saw beyond how "social" I was. :)
Q: When did you come to Heritage?
A: I came to Heritage my sophomore year. Looking back, I wish I would have started earlier. At the time Clay Junior High was 6th-9th grade, so my parents switched me to HCS after 9th, instead of having me attend Carmel High School. At the time I was livid to leave my friends, but I ended up LOVING my time at Heritage. I needed the smaller class sizes, and the family feel. I had Mr. Watt, who was always lovingly saying, "Armstrong, zip it." I also had Mr. Terry for science and Mr. Smith for math.
I started working at Heritage as a substitute teacher when my youngest, Katie, was in first grade. This year I have a new position as a digital literacy teacher. I work everyday 7:30-11:30 and teach 5th and 6th grade library specials classes, as well as pre/prep/some kindergarten library classes. I love my job and love being at Heritage. I always tell people that I get to be at my happy place-and that I'm living the dream!
Q: What previous teaching jobs (or other jobs) have you held?
A: Before teaching at Heritage, I was blessed to be at stay at home mama for Lauren (junior), Ellie (freshman) and Katie (7th grader). Before that, I taught second grade for three years at Westminster Christian School in Illinois.
Q: What is your favorite part about teaching?
A: My favorite part about teaching is getting to interact with the students. Having the 5th and 6th is a blast because they are full of energy and I completely relate to them. It's fun, too, because I feel we are learning some of this new technology together. They are all smiles and so open to new things. The sad part is that I only get them about 35 minutes each day. The little ones just crack me up. They are adorable and love listening to stories, doing activities, and smearing glue just about everywhere.
Q: What is your favorite part about Heritage?
A: I am so blessed to have my girls at such an amazing place. They love it, and I thank the Lord daily for this place. The teachers love the Lord and love my girls. My husband Dale and I couldn't be happier to have them here. We have so many special friendships formed from Heritage. It's truly like our family.