Kathy Capra is a Middle School Math Resource Teacher at Harriet Tubman Charter School. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts with an emphasis on Photography.
Kathy is in her 20th year of teaching and her 6th year with Crescent City Schools. It was a move out west that initially inspired Kathy to look into teaching as a profession. “After college I moved to New Mexico and had the opportunity to work with teens and decided that was my future,” she says. “I promptly started a Teacher Certification program in the Bay Area of California and took my first teaching job as a 6th grade teacher in Oakland, CA.”
As a resource teacher, Kathy teaches small group math classes for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, as well as two intervention classes. “I enjoy working with scholars in a small group setting because I can watch my scholars become more independent and see their confidence grow.”
Kevin Lapinski, Director of Special Education, has worked with Kathy since her first year at Tubman and sees Kathy’s dedication to her scholars’ success on a daily basis.
“Kathy truly believes all scholars are capable of growth (academically & socially) and will stop at nothing to ensure scholars see that in themselves,” he says. “Her persistence and success in this area drive Kathy to keep pushing.”
Kathy’s scholars also acknowledge how much she pushes them towards excellence.
“Ms. Capra helps me focus when I am in the classroom. She has also helped me to understand how important it is to be respectful, and how to show unity,” says 6th grader Ireon R.
“When I struggled with math problems she would help me out by giving me a pep talk,” says 7th grader Romeka W. “Ms. Capra has taught me since the 5th grade, so even when I was going through things outside of school she has been there to help me.”
In her time at Tubman, Kathy has not only inspired her scholars to grow, but has also used them as motivation to grow herself.
“Although Kathy has 20 years of teaching experience under her belt, she comes each year with a fresh perspective and a growth mindset,” says Kevin. “She loves diving into the content and thinking of new creative ways to teach the curriculum in a meaningful way.”
Kathy believes that this motivation to grow comes from the support she receives from the team at Tubman. “I feel very supported at Tubman. Kevin is constantly giving me opportunities to evolve as a teacher even after 20 years in the classroom.”
Kevin believes that by giving Kathy the tools she needs to grow, she can in turn develop a classroom setting where her scholars can grow and succeed. “Having the opportunity to see Kathy reach scholars, on all ability levels, some of whom also come in with such low confidence and then flourish, is truly an inspiration. She is not only a content teacher, but also someone who nurtures her scholars, pushes them to do what they thought they couldn’t, and celebrates their growth.”