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Weekly Message 7/9/20 Facebook Live with Ms. McCaskill

Facebook Live Transcript from Ms. McCaskill 7.9.20

7.9.20

Good evening everyone and welcome!

 

My name is Candice McCaskill and I will be the Administrative Intern at Moore Square for the 20-21 school year. I am a student in the NC State Leadership Academy (NCSLA) where I will receive my masters in School Administration in May 2021.

 

I am truly honored to intern at Moore Square. When I met with the administrative staff in February, I immediately felt a sense of community and the teachers I met that day were dedicated and passionate. I am looking forward to meeting each of you, getting to know you, and supporting you in any way that I can.

 

I want to take this time to introduce myself to everyone and give a bit of my background information. I am originally from Smithfield (Johnston County) so I am familiar with this area and I have a ton of family and friends in Raleigh/Durham/JC. I attended North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro (Aggie Pride!) as a NC Teaching Fellow where I studied Business Education with an English concentration.

 

I have a total of 12 years with Wake County Public School System and I have spent all of my career in a high school setting at Middle Creek High School (I am a forever Mustang at heart!). I was a classroom teacher for seven years in business and marketing; when I left the classroom I was teaching Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Career Management, and Microsoft Word/PPT. For the last 5 years, I have served as the Instructional Management Coordinator. In that role, I assisted and mentored teachers with curriculum, instructional support, technology (SchoolNet, Google Classroom) and teaching strategies... really anything they needed in order to be successful. I was also the testing coordinator for all Career and Technical education courses and credentials.

 

As a former Career and Technical Education teacher, I truly value giving students opportunities that allow them to develop their skills and talents outside of the typical classroom setting. I believe that is one of the things that led me to Moore Square. I think it’s amazing that students are able to be challenged academically and still explore their creative talents. Growing up I played the piano, clarinet and the alto saxophone (please don’t ask me to play, I’m super rusty!) and it taught me the value of hard work/discipline, self expression, how to listen to myself and others, and teamwork. I think it’s wonderful that students here are given this opportunity.

 

My decision to become an administrator is complex but ultimately I really just want to make a positive impact on students and the community. I know that education is the gateway to success and I want to be an advocate for all students. I want to be a part of

creating safe, welcoming spaces in schools for ALL students regardless of their race, economic status or academic level.

 

My overall goal for this year is to help build on the amazing principles already established by Dr. Jordan and the staff here. Middle school years are very formative and important; I look forward to learning and supporting students and teachers in all ways possible.

 

In the midst of a pandemic it's more important than ever that we show each other grace and compassion. We definitely owe that to our children. As adults this time is hard but for children, it is especially difficult. I hope to explore and implement as many ways possible to support students and staff in the transitions due to Covid.

 

It's evident through these weekly Facebook Lives that Moore Square is committed to transparency and open communication with families and the community. I hope to assist with continuing this tradition.

 

I believe as an educator it is important to serve in any way necessary. It is a privilege to be able to serve here at Moore Square. I wish each of you a safe and healthy school year. I can’t wait to hopefully meet you in person. Thank you for your time.

 

~Candice