Nadiya Ledan, Writing Teacher
Q: How many years have you been at BCCS? What different roles have you played for the school since you joined the team?
A: This is technically my 6th year at BCCS, since I did my internship during the 2010-2011 year--I've worked four years as a Student Support Teacher and now I will teach 8th Grade Writing and have my own advisory! I also run the Dance and Multi-Cultural Club, so I'm excited for the busy school year.
Q: How and why did you first enter the education world? Did you always know that you would be in education?
A: My passion is to help urban teenagers succeed in life, to get them on the path to have a good future and to prosper. I want to be a part of that positive experience for them and give them the resources they need that they might not have access to elsewhere. While I was in college, I tutored and really enjoyed the relationships I was building with the students I worked with, but I didn't know I'd wanted to be a teacher. But when I met a BCCS staff member at an internship fair at Emmanuel, she told me about BCCS, and it sounded like it would suit me. I decided to intern here, and I fell in love with the school. It was then that I decided to be a teacher!
Q: Why did you join BCCS?
A: I love the culture here. It's so positive. We really balance warm with strict. Students are really learning, and they're so engaged. And the teachers are so passionate about what they do. I hadn't experienced that in my own education or in the other schools in which I've tutored before. It was new and unique to me, and it was something I wanted to be a part of.
Q: You have seen the school change during your time here. What have been the most important changes?
A: We've pushed for more co-teaching for our students. We have two teachers in almost every classroom, so students have more support and resources available to them throughout the day. Students have even more interactions with different teachers, and they've been learning to advocate more for themselves. And because of the extra support, the learning experience for students is more individualized. Also, I appreciate our work towards embracing and celebrating our diverse community.
Q: What has not changed?
A: The expectations we have for our students and the warm culture that we try to build within our building.
Q: What are the most important lessons you try to teach your students?
A: I try to teach my students to advocate for themselves, to use their resources, and to maintain organization. More importantly, they need to stay positive and know that all of their teachers and staff members are here to support them in their journey. Students need to embrace their learning as it can only lead to good things.
Q: What has kept you at BCCS?
A: The students and my coworkers — I love them all! The team here is undoubtedly supportive. We collaborate well together and do an amazing job supporting one another. I love building relationships with the students and staff. Students I don't see in the classroom every day come to me for advice and support, and I'm really grateful for that.
Q: What makes your work meaningful?
A: Seeing students grow, and seeing things click in their brains. Seeing them produce better work than they have before and helping them get to where they want to go. It's really inspiring and it makes me proud.
Q: 20 years from now, how do you think you'll describe your experience teaching at BCCS?
A: It's been such a learning experience — I've learned a lot about myself, about best instructional practices, about what I want to do with my life. I want to take what I've learned here and use it in anything I do in the future.