Carly Medina

Getting to Know: Carly Medina

This fall, we are interviewing a few of our new faculty, as we welcome them to the Saint Mark’s community. Today, we feature Carly Medina, our new 5th/6th grade TI. Carly was born and raised in Miami, Florida. After her father was sent on a work assignment to Bangkok, Thailand, she spent the past four summers in Thailand and she says, “It has felt like home ever since.” In addition to traveling, Carly enjoys cooking and reading in her free time.

Carly shares that what attracted her to Saint Mark’s was the intern program and the focus on social-emotional learning, combined with academics. The love for teaching runs in her family. Her grandmother is a retired teacher, and her mom is high school English teacher. “I enjoy watching my mom instill her passion for literature into her students,” says Ms. Medina. Carly is working with Ms. Soyini Baten in 5th/6th science and hopes her students develop a lifelong appreciation of science as a process for investigation and discovery. “I hope to strengthen my students’ abilities for designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting and evaluating results, and communicating their findings to others,” Carly says.

What attracted you to Saint Mark’s?
I loved that they had an intern program and that they focused on social-emotional learning combined with academics to create well-rounded future leaders.

What are you looking forward to this year?
I am looking forward to learning and growing as an educator.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love to cook, read, and travel.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I will read all kinds of books, but I’m partial to science fiction and fantasy.

Why did you get into the field of teaching?
I am a born teacher. My grandmother is a retired teacher, and my mom is a beloved high school English teacher. I enjoy watching her instill her passion for literature into her students.

What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?
I adore building relationships with the students at Saint Mark’s. Honestly, they make me smile everyday—sometimes not on purpose.

Share a little-known fact about you, something that we might not find on your resume.
I’ve spent the past four summers in Bangkok, Thailand. My dad moved to Bangkok for a work assignment about five years ago, and it has felt like home ever since.

Tell us a little bit about your background. Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Miami, Florida.

Who is your biggest role model?
Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the US Supreme Court. I read her biography, My Beloved World. It was full of personal insights and wisdom. She is a remarkable woman in many respects, not the least of which is her ability to engage in genuine, honest self-reflection. She stands behind her view of, “Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society.”

What do you hope your students will learn from their time in your class?
I hope they become scientifically literate and develop a lifelong appreciation of science as a process for investigation and discovery. I hope to strengthen my students’ abilities for designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting and evaluating results, and communicating their findings to others.

What is your favorite quote or saying? Why?
The Japanese proverb: “Nana korobi, ya oki” which means “Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” It means choosing not to give up hope, and to always strive for more. Those who have changed the world are people who chose to stand up again, even though they knew that they might also fall. This quote resonates with me, because every time I have fallen down, I have learned more about the reality that I want to pursue.