Veronica Madlyn McCarthy
Veronica Madlyn McCarthy
“Through the Urban Teacher Prep Program, I’m able to be in the classroom at Carthage for a semester, and then be in an outside classroom for clinicals. It’s so nice to be able to stay in the same classroom and build relationships with the students while getting used to the school and environment as you teach.”
“I want to get into a master’s program to learn more and build myself as a leader. Long term, in the next ten to twenty years, my goal is to be a principal or any other position that still involves being in a school and working with parents, students, and the community.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“My favorite professors are the ones that take time out of their day to make sure I am on top of my courses but that I am also taking care of myself. Many of my professors openly give out their personal information (like their cell phone numbers) so students can informally contact them at any time. Another reason I love my professors is that, even if they get frustrated, they don’t let it impact how they communicate to their students.”
“Fostering Engagement and Positive Behavior in the Classroom with Professor Nina Weisling. She knows the content well, she expresses it well, she makes the learning very interactive, she has learning accommodations that tier towards the students’ needs, and she makes herself very approachable.
“With the class itself, it’s all about classroom management through positive reinforcers and consistency when instructing. In other words, have the ability to regain the whole classroom’s attention in a positive way without discouraging a student or putting them down in any way. The role plays that we would do are great ways to practice instructing by being direct (which is different than being stern and mean) and encouraging positive reinforcement for behaviors you want to see while never pointing out behaviors you don’t want.”
“Early Literacy for Elementary Students, both with Professor Jacqueline Easley and Professor Patricia Rieman. This class is a different type of clinical class that involves knowledge and experience of how kids develop their reading and writing skills in middle school. These also prepare us for the Foundations Of Reading Test which is a requirement by Carthage and the state of Wisconsin to take and pass before you graduate.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“Yes, through the Urban Teacher Prep Program, I’m able to be in the classroom at Carthage for a semester, and then be in an outside classroom for clinicals. It’s so nice to be able to stay in the same classroom and build relationships with the students while getting used to the school and environment as you teach.
“Another job I have is a student supervisor at the library. There I’m always getting to know the future employees through the interview and training process, then I teach, reteach, supervise, and evaluate their progress based on what they retain. It’s not that different from teaching a classroom. Usually, each semester has a new batch of people and experiences that fluctuates based on my training methods or my ability to teach and reteach so they understand and can do their jobs.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“A lot of my favorite memories are from freshman year when I was involved/worked in the pep band. I was also involved with a sorority during my freshman year, so a lot of my memories stem from my first year at Carthage.”
Favorite spot on campus
“The library and my room in the Oaks. I make my room very homey and livable for myself and guests that come over.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“When I was eight, I wanted to be a vet for animals. But, if my little self knew the things I would accomplish, then I’d be routing for myself because of where I am now.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Don’t be an educator for the money, but if your heart is in it for the children, then the job is worth it. Being an educator has taught me how to break the stereotypes, prejudices, and biases that prevent me from forming ideal relationships with students.
“My advice: Show up to your courses, take heart in the textbooks given, interact with your peers and professors, do as much as you can in the classroom, don’t be afraid to role-play scenarios, and finally, enjoy yourself when you’re teaching. Joy goes a long way when it comes to classroom participation and classroom management practices.”
“My aunt is an alumna, so Carthage was constantly advertised to me while I was growing up (especially since I live in Kenosha). Plus my parents liked that it was close to home.”