Educators That Rock!

Josie Carbone, Josie Carbone principal
Josie Carbone

Educators That Rock!: Josie Carbone

October 18, 2010
by Shannon Firth
Josie Carbone, the founding principal of Girls Prep Bronx, an all-girls charter school for pre-K through first-grade students in the Bronx, New York, got involved in teaching while volunteering to teach Spanish at a local elementary school during high school. After graduating from college in 1997, she worked with Teach For America in New York. Carbone taught for six more years before becoming involved with the New York charter school movement in 2003.

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fE:  Why did you choose teaching?

JC: The main reason I chose teaching was because I felt that there is a real disparity in this country between who has access [to good schools] and who doesn’t.

My parents are immigrants. My mother had an elementary school education. My father was unable to go to college, because he had to make some decisions to help support the family.  But all through my childhood, no matter where we moved, he always sought out areas where the public schools were strong. And so the message that education is important is something that has been instilled in me since I was very young.

Read the rest of the Q&A with Josie Carbone at findingEducation’s Digital Teachers’ Lounge.

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