SMUSD is Family

by Courtney Meier
Carver Elementary Teacher
If you spend enough time in the San Marino Unified School District, you start finding family connections.  So many parents went to San Marino schools and are now raising their kids in the community.  Just today, I saw the father of a current student, and he was wearing his 1988 5th grade shirt from Valentine!  Some of our teachers went to school here too.  And a number of my students tell me that their parents, aunts, uncles, and even grandparents attended Carver, or one of our other schools.

When you start teaching here, you become part of that family.  And if you stick around long enough, you start making your own connections.  I taught long-time teacher Karla Domier’s son, and years later, she taught my son.  One of my 4th grade students grew up to be a teacher at Carver, and today she is my colleague.  Longtime friends at the middle and high school are now teaching my own kids.  

This is why I arrived at Carver as a student teacher and have not left. This is why my husband and I are sending our two sons to school here.  The Carver family, and the San Marino schools community as a whole, is where we want to be.  We love being part of the family. 

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