Tenured Teachers of Coral Springs Charter School
By Desiree Jenkins, ACE Student Intern, CSCS
The City of Coral Springs Charter School is celebrating its 20th year anniversary. With that celebration comes the recognition of a select few teachers who have been with the school since its opening and have experienced its growth and changes. Through projects, papers and exams, these teachers have been through it all. Despite the hardships that comes with shaping young minds, these amazing teachers are appreciated for their dedication.
One of these amazing teachers is Arlene Delman. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Delman has been teaching for more than 30 years. She began her career as an educator in New York, where she taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade, as well as teaching part-time for night school, where students earned their GED. Even though she learned so much while attending college, Delman admits she did not feel ready the first year she taught, stating, “I didn’t feel prepared coming out of college because many of the skills you need for teaching actually come from ‘on the job’ experiences.” Despite how unprepared she felt, Delman was determined to do her best in her career and a few years later she relocated to South Florida.
Delman encountered many hardships during her first few years in South Florida, but she ended up settling down with a teaching job for elementary- age children – something she readily admits she didn’t enjoy. She returned to higher education and earned a teaching license, focusing on world history. Soon after, Delman joined the Coral Springs Charter School teaching 6th grade world history and was thrilled that she would be able to teach the subjec she was most passionate about.
As for a career in education, Delman admits that she grew up during a time when most careers for women were in nursing, administrative work and teaching. Although she recognized her options were limited. she knew that teaching was career where she could excel. Once she had children of her own, she saw herself as a parent as well as a teacher to her students.
When describing her teaching style, Delman explains that although she likes to incorporate technology into her lessons, she prefers a more ‘hands-on’ approach with project assignments. She believes these types of assignments help engage students and leave a more memorable impact. As a tenured teacher, Delman developed a passionate belief that educating students should not be to ensure they get the best grades, stating “I think it’s ok not to get an A, as long as students learn, move forward and always try their best. To me, history is important. I want to know that when a student turns on the History Channel, perhaps something they learned in class will make them want to watch it.”
As a teacher since its inception, when asked what she loves most about teaching at Coral Springs Charter School, Delman says “The students! They are amazing. I think I have learned more from them then they have from me. CSCS students have kind hearts.” She also expressed the enjoyment in making new friends and learning from her colleagues. She said, I am so thankful to be backed by their unconditional support.” While Delman credits students for making the last 20 years so great, it is the students past, present and future of CSCS who are so fortunate to have had an educator like, Arlene Delman.
Lynne Martzall, Writer/Media Relations Coordinator
Writer who specializes in highlighting issues, solutions and day-to-day operations of city-government.
A 20-year public relations professional, Lynne served as the Public Relations manager for the Broward Sheriff’s Office – the nation’s third largest public safety agency until 2013, where she managed crisis communication, media outreach and public safety campaign implementation. During her tenure she served as the editor for Signal 14 – quarterly full-color magazine for residents and employees.
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