Jim Goode began working at Carolina Day School in August of 2011. His wife, Becca Heskamp, has been teaching Spanish at CDS Middle School since 1996. Prior to his work at CDS, Jim was a VISTA Volunteer in the inner-city of Kansas City, taught Native American students in Santa Fe, New Mexico, worked in a day treatment program for mentally ill adults in Asheville and taught a variety of history classes at AC REynolds High School. He also coached boys and girls basketball at both the JV and middle school level and coached high school cross-country for 17 years. For 26 years he sponsored an award winning National History Day program.
Get to know Jim Goode:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “The small class sizes allow for much needed personal attention. Creativity and risk taking is encouraged by our administration. This opens doors that are often closed in schools pressured by End Of Course and End of Grade tests. Because of the above factors we have the green light to create educational activities geared towards the skills students will need in their future.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “
I love the creativity, work ethic, and strong team collaboration that is present each day among the faculty. Working in an environment that centers on the best interests of all the students in a building where the students feel safe and are happily engaged in their work is a joy."
In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions? “CDS allows their teachers to create a curriculum that is developed around student needs and fostering an environment that promotes acceptance of each individual’s uniqueness.”
How would you describe your classroom? “I hope my room is a lively home, where a small community of students learns to accept daunting challenges that will foster personal growth and readies them for their next stage in life.”
What books and authors inspire you?
· Shipping News
· Dear and Glorious Physician
· Team of Rivals
· Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
· No Ordinary Time
· Bell Canto
· The Shallows
· The Grapes of Wrath
· The Things They Carried
· A Brief History of Time
The books listed above are a small sampling of some of my favorites. They have provided me insight into the human condition, a sense of redemption, inspiration, and a deeper understanding of the physical forces that bind us. I try to carry the best of each book I read into my daily life and into my teaching.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? Dr. Yeager, former superintendent of Buncombe County Schools once said: “There is no limit to how far you can push students if they know you care about them.”
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “One who creates an environment that encourages students to think differently.”
Which classroom projects/events are you known for?
· Historical fiction stories
· African documentaries
· Hiroshima debates
· Research papers
“All four of the above activities require students to research and draw independent conclusions from their research. They then need to communicate their findings in a creative and powerful manner that will engage an audience. The problem solving and communication skills needed for these projects are life-long skills that can be adapted in both future academic environments and post education careers.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? “Running, biking, hiking, travel, photography, reading.”
When you reflect on what you do in your classroom and what you see at CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? Why/how is what you see now valuable? “My middle school experience was a very long time ago, in a small mid-western town. While it was a safe and welcoming community, our CDS middle school students are engaged in a curriculum that is more rigorous and creative than much of my high school experience. Because of the creativity and rigor, our students are much better prepared for the increasing challenges they face in high school.”