Meet Carol Battaglia, Wildcat of The Week!
6th Grade Math, Howard School
What is your educational background?
I attended Bay State Junior College and received an Associate’s degree in Business Administration. From there, I began a career in accounting and finance, while simultaneously taking evening courses at Northeastern University for eight years and eventually earning a Bachelor’s degree. Twelve years ago, I made a career change and enrolled at Eastern Nazarene College, where I obtained a Master’s of Education.
What made you choose teaching as a career?
When my children were younger, I got involved with coaching youth soccer and softball. I loved helping the kids learn how to play sports, and soon realized that I wanted to become an educator so that I could help them to learn in the classroom as well. At that point, I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up! Since I made this career change, I went from sitting at a desk everyday to rarely having a minute to sit down.
This is my ninth year teaching 6th grade math. There is never a dull moment during the course of a school day, and I enjoy the daily changes and challenges.
Can you describe a favorite teaching moment?
My favorite day of the year is Pi Day. It is heartwarming to see all of the sixth graders get excited about math for a whole day! Two of my former students stunned myself and their classmates when they both memorized and recited 220 digits of Pi in one of our annual contests. This is a feat that most adults cannot accomplish, and two 11 year-old students excelled at it.
What do you do for fun?
My favorite hobby is traveling with my family. Every year my husband and I vacation with our four children and grandchildren. We have wonderful memories from these trips, and we spend lots of time laughing about some of the funny things that have happened through the years.
What are your favorite foods?
My favorite food is pasta, in many shapes and forms. It’s good that I have been married for 30 years to an Italian who loves to cook!
What kind of music do you enjoy?
I love almost all genres of music, but my absolute favorite music is anything by Maroon Five, most notably Adam Levine!
What movies and books do you like?
The types of movies and books that I enjoy are similar, nothing too serious and nonviolent. I like comedy and romance movies, and I typically read beach novels during school vacations.
What Is your favorite way to spend a weekend?
On the weekends, I enjoy relaxing and spending time with friends and family. We like to watch the Boston sports team play and get really loud during the games! My grandchildren are playing sports now, and I spend many weekends watching their games.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
I enjoy traveling to warm climates with beautiful beaches, but I must admit that I
have visited Disney World at least 20 times.
What do you love about teaching in West Bridgewater?
I love the students and staff at the Howard School. The kids are fun to teach, and I am grateful to work with an amazing group of colleagues. Parents are involved and always willing to volunteer their time and services to help out the staff. I am also thankful for all of the technology the district has made available to us.
A fun fact about you?
I love to make puns! It’s something that I have been doing since my elementary years. My friends and family are used to it, but sometimes the kids don’t get it. It’s fun when I have students who appreciate my punniness!