Lisa Carswell is an AIS (academic intervention services) teacher at Herkimer Elementary School. AIS teachers work with small groups of students to help them build their skills in specific academic areas.
What year did you graduate from Herkimer?
Class of 1983!
What led you to become a teacher?
I would say I was inspired to start teaching by Mr. Rando, my former algebra and geometry teacher. He made math seem so easy and was able to build connections with his students.
What do you love most about teaching at Herkimer?
I love working with the students — you see them grow so much as the year goes on. I think we have a great faculty here, we really support each other. I went to school here myself, and when I started, I was teaching alongside some of the people who had been my teachers, and now I’m the senior person here, and it’s the other way around.
What advice do you have for your students?
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes — the important thing is where you go after that. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, because that’s how you learn.
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