Alison Beckles a Treasured Teacher at CSCS
By Desiree Jenkins, ACE Student Intern, CSCS
The City of Coral Springs is recognizing teachers from the City’s Charter School who have provided educational excellence to their students for the last 20 years. Among these prestigious educators is 7th grade U.S. Civics Teacher, Alison Beckles.
Beckles has been teaching for over 33 years, with the first 11 years spent in Trinidad and Tobago, where she was born and raised. From there, she travelled abroad to London, England, where she taught for another year. She relocated to the United States in 1997, and after teaching at a charter school in Lauderhill, she transferred to Coral Springs Charter when it opened in 1999.
Beckles says that as a child all she ever wanted to do was teach, so it was an obvious educational path when she entered college. However, her love for social studies was formed by a grade school teacher, who inspired her to study geography and geology. The teaching profession runs in the family, Beckles explained “My mother was a teacher, working as a kindergarten teacher her entire career. My dad also taught, and my grandfather was a principal. So, I think teaching is in my blood.”
While teaching in Trinidad, Beckles taught at a prestigious all girls high school, but when she came to the U.S. to teach, she was excited for opportunity to teach in a coed school and with younger students. When speaking about her students, Beckles says, “Every day I learn something new from these kids, they give me a spark.” Beckles not only appreciates her students, but also the school itself, “I love the school, I love the principal, I love the staff, I love the teachers. I’m happy here and I’ve never thought of leaving, I just love it.”
Beckles not only teaches students civics, but life skills as well, she says, “I try to instill in them the values I have in my life, I try to serve as a role model for them.” Beckles exemplifies how the happiness and love for a career can truly make a difference in the lives of students she encounters.