2018 Teacher Spotlight: Caren Shapiro
Our inspirational journey has featured 10 remarkable candidates for Bucks County “Teacher of The Year.” Inspire Federal Credit Union is proud to introduce you to our last finalist, Caren Shapiro. Caren is in her 17th year of teaching at Bensalem High School in the Bensalem School District, where she has taught high school students in all grade levels. She currently teaches 10th-grade chemistry and 11th-grade forensic science. Caren is a lifelong resident of Bensalem is proud to have taught at BHS from the very beginning of her career.
Caren earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Temple University in 1996. After many years as a formulation chemist, she discovered her true passion for teaching. She obtained her Master of Education degree from Holy Family University in 2002.
She is very involved in school activities and initiatives. She has pioneered many initiatives within the Bensalem School District. She implemented the Kick Butt Generation which is a program that trains high school students to mentor elementary-aged children “how to say no” to smoking. She is a part of Building Bridges where students improve relationships within the school community by making good choices. She is also involved in the athletic department as a coach for Powder Puff Girls Football, where she leads and empowers her team!
Caren stays very active outside the classroom too, with her involvement in fundraising and local community initiatives. She founded an organization called HAND, Helping Autistic families in Need of Dollars. She organized a walk that raised 10,000 dollars which helped support 3 families with medical needs in the community. She is a volunteer coach for Valley AA Basketball and PAL, Police Athletic League basketball. When she is not volunteering her time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Caren says the thing she enjoys most about teaching is the evolving relationships. She continued with, “Transitioning from their teacher to their motherly figure and spending not just the 10 months with them but spending the 10 plus years later. I find seeing the kids grow not only in class, but years later is an amazing honor.”
Congratulations Caren and the other top 10 finalists!
We invite you all to attend our 2018 Bucks County Teacher of the Year awards ceremony later this summer! Check back for details!
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