Tracy Corbett began her teaching career at the Episcopal Day School. Having worked in the computer field and wanting to stop traveling, it seemed like a good fit. Years later, it’s still a good fit as she continues to teach and lead the Southern Pines school’s computer department.
For Corbett, it was a lateral entry and required her to go back to get a master’s in library science. Of course, many things have changed since she started.
Corbett recounts, “I still remember when we got internet and teaching students about a modem.”
When she began, the school had a few Apple LE computers. Now the school has 20 computers and 140 iPads for approximately 200 students.
When Corbett was asked what’s different about teaching at a Christian school than a public school, she pointed out the basic curriculum is very similar to public schools, but what is different, and part of what she loves about the school, is the school teaches about “the fruits of the spirit.”
Found in the Bible in Galatians 5:22-23, the fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control….”
Corbett doesn’t just teach about the fruits of the spirit but is integral to how she handles discipleship. If a student acts out many times, she will ask them what fruit of the spirit they were following and how they could have dealt with the situation better.
Corbett pointed out they have students from most denominations, including some who have no faith. The students also attend chapel weekly and have a course in spiritual studies.
Corbett teaches her students about STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. During Sandhills Sentinel’s interview, her class was filled with students working on individual projects, many of which involved working with a robot called DOT.
Her comment was simple when asked what she wanted to impart to her students. “Respect. I want to teach children to respect those around them.”
Considering the smiling children around her, who were very respectful when interacting with each other and the staff, she is succeeding.
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~Article and photo by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Chris Prentice.