Tenured Teachers of Coral Springs Charter School
By Desiree Jenkins, ACE Student Intern, CSCS
The City of Coral Springs Charter School (CSCS) is celebrating its 20th 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 those teachers is Linda Sonders. She has been teaching for 35 years. Sonders began her education career in Brooklyn, New York, where she taught 7th grade math and social studies for a decade. After her son was born, she moved to Florida, where she continued teaching 4th grade. Each grade level her son was in, Sonders taught the same grade level.
Sonders accepted a position with CSCS at the end of its first year. She replaced a teacher who was promoted. Sonders teaches 6th grade math and explains that her teaching methods incorporate using everyday life to show how important and impactful math is in the real world. Sonders states, “I like to teach it as everyday math. We can take a trip and go shopping or use an example like my house’s tile job. I put into real life what they’re doing mathematically. I like to teach helpful hints and tips they can use around town.” Her thoughtful and real-world approach to her math class truly pays off. Sonders says for the past 20 years children have come back and said, “Ms. Sonders you really helped me.”
When asked why she decided to be a teacher Sonders replied, “I was in a car accident where I almost died. That was when I knew my purpose in life, right there and then, it was to give back and to help children. And when asked why she remained at CSCS, her response was even more heartwarming, stating, “What has kept me teaching here at CSCS are the students, 100% the students. There were a few times where I considered leaving, but at the end of the day it was the students that make me stay.”
Sonders stands out as a teacher who not only knows her subject, but also her students. She is not only passionate about math, but also the lives she influences.