Charlotte Country Day: Profile
When music teacher Tammy Bucy wanted to start a guitar class, her boss agreed and let her use her budget to buy inexpensive guitars. This kind of freedom to pursue new ideas for courses and curriculum is one of the many things that set Charlotte Country Day apart, Bucy says.
"To be able to teach in that kind of environment helps the teachers to be more positive, and the students are then learning from teachers who are excited about their jobs," says Bucy, who is in her twenty-eighth year at the school.
In addition to earning her master's degree and attending workshops over the years, Bucy has studied music folklore in Ireland and learned about Native American history and music while on an Alaskan cruise. She then applies what she's learned in the classroom, teaching kindergarteners Alaskan fables about diversity and songs about the Alaskan alphabet, for example.
Bucy and other specialty area teachers work with classroom teachers to integrate the curriculum so young students make deeper connections. When her kindergarteners were studying families in their classroom, Bucy taught them about the families of instruments and had upper-school band and orchestra students come in to perform.
Bucy says Country Day students are well prepared for college, and that the school provides a variety of opportunities for them to excel. Her two children were "lifers" at the school and now have doctoral degrees.
"It is a rigorous curriculum, but the students seem to be able to excel," she says. "They certainly have a lot of nurturing from the teachers."