Carol Sowersis the Director of Summer Academic and After School Programs. A new academic summer program will begin in the summer of 2017 to complement Carolina Day’s current Summer Quest day camp program. The new program will focus on academic programming for class credits. The programs will be open to all students in the Asheville area. We anticipate a new academic After School and Weekend program to begin in January with unique and challenging course offerings for the after school/weekend program.
“I like the broad and creative nature of my position, and the ability to interact not only with the whole CDS community, but the larger Asheville community,” said Sowers. “I also enjoy being challenged on a daily basis and encouraging students to explore their educational dreams and desires.”
After graduating from Wake Forest, Sowers received a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Mary Washington College in Virginia. She served for eight years as a public and independent school teacher, counselor, and administrator in Virginia, including three years as a history teacher and assistant principal at a private school in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Get to know Carol Sowers:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools?
“I believe that the unique culture of encouraging creativity and respect allows students to express their thoughts and ideas openly. The CDS community also encourages complex thinking while still allowing students to be children and teens.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS?
“I like the broad and creative nature of my position, and the ability to interact not only with the whole CDS community, but the larger Asheville community. I also enjoy being challenged on a daily basis and encouraging students to explore their educational dreams and desires.”
What books and authors inspire you?
“The book “Look Me in the Eye” by John Elder Robison inspires me because it is a reminder that ALL children can learn and be encouraged; it just might take a few different methods.
While he is not an author, Winston Churchill greatly influences me as a teacher because of one of his most famous quotes, “Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.” I take this as a reminder that history is not just memorizing dull dates and figures, but a living, breathing past that we must learn from.”
What is your favorite quote?
I have two favorite quotes about education and learning, both highlighting the ability of education to transcend the classroom:
- “It is in fact a part of the function of education to help up escape, not from our own time – for we are bound by that – but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.” ~ T.S. Eliot
- “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” ~ Robert Frost
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less?
“I love that every day is new and different.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life?
“I love to read, watch Wake Forest sports with my husband (a fellow Deac!), and play with my cats!”