Teacher of the Week 7: Fatima Candia

Teachers are real life superheroes. Every day, CHS teachers touch the lives of thousands of students, and their work extends beyond the boundaries of the classroom. To show appreciation for these teachers, the Crier asked students to identify teachers that have made a real impact in their lives. A new student and teacher will be featured each week.

For week seven, Danielle McQuinn, ‘18, nominated Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Fatima Candia.

Mrs. Candia reads her favorite book to her preschool class. Maggie Jakopac | Conant Crier

Mrs. Candia reads her favorite book to her preschool class.

McQuinn: Mrs. Candia is such a nice person and teacher. She cares for all of her students and always turns my bad days into good days. Everyone that has her as their teacher is very lucky.

Crier: How do you make class fun and enjoyable for your students as well as easily understandable?

Candia: I try to involve all my students into the lesson and let them guide me. I let students move around and apply what we have learned by talking and interacting with each other. It allows me to make sure they understand the material we’ve covered.

Crier: What are some fun things you like to do with your family?

Candia: My favorite thing to do with my family is go to church. Getting everyone there is hard and rushed, but it is peaceful once we get there. There are no distractions or interruptions and most importantly, we are all together. I also enjoy dinner time with my family. I can’t wait to hear everyone share their day. It’s another time we are all together with no interruptions and focus on what’s important.

Crier: What made you want to teach Family and Consumer Sciences? Have you ever wanted to do this, or were you inspired in college?

Candia: I’ve always wanted to be a social worker and help people. As I was finishing up my degree, I decided to get a teacher certification, and Family and Consumer Sciences was a good fit. I knew that I made the right decision after I began student teaching.

Crier: Because you teach preschool, what’s your favorite activity to do with the kids?

Candia: While teaching preschool, I enjoy story time. I especially like reading all the classic children’s books; my favorite is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Crier: If you could be anything besides a teacher, what would you be and why?

Candia: If I could be anything besides a teacher? Being a teacher and a mother are the only things I want to be. There is nothing else I can imagine doing that would bring me such pleasure and joy.

To nominate a teacher who has made an impact in your life, click here.


Aditi Katwala

Aditi Katwala is a senior at Conant High School. She is excited for her final year working on the Crier as an editor in chief. She is also the captain of the Congressional Debate Team, president of HOSA, and involved in BPA. In her free time, she enjoys Indian classical dancing, Netflix and volunteering at local hospitals. Something that many don't know about Aditi is that she did her Bharatnatyam Arangetram (dance graduation) during the summer of 2014.

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