Teacher Feature: Ms. Drew

Get to know this Social Studies Teacher

This is the fourth installment of The Spartan Times’ series, The Teacher Feature, which shares with our readers more insight into the teachers who lead us each day.

Darcie Drew, known to her students as Ms. Drew,  is in her third year teaching Social Studies (Civics, US History, World Today, Psychology) at SHS. Here’s some information and fun facts you may not have known about her:

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I grew up in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts with my parents and older sister. I went to my first year of college in England, and the other three years in Canada. Now I live in South Portland with 3 roommates and 2 cats!

If you could describe yourself in 3 words what would they be?

Curious, Calm, Nerdy

What do you like to do in your free time?

Reading, Knitting, Spinning my own yarn, Playing board games, Going for walks

What is your favorite and least favorite part about living and teaching in Maine? 

I love living somewhere so beautiful, my least favorite part is how far away my house is from the school!

What made you want to become a teacher? 

I love learning new things! I also enjoy working with teenagers because they’re just figuring out who they are and what their place in the world is, and it’s an honor to witness that journey!

How long have you been teaching at Sanford? What do you like about teaching here? (Is there anything you dislike about it?) 

This is my third year at Sanford. I love my students and coworkers, and I love how many opportunities there are for students to pursue their interests here.

Where else have you taught? And, if you could teach one other subject or class, what would it be? 

I haven’t had a full[-time] teaching job anywhere else, but I did my student teaching in Portland at Deering High School and Lincoln Middle School. I love teaching US History, and I think it would be awesome to have a class that looked at our history through the lens of our culture (art, architecture, music, literature, etc.).

Is there anything else about you that you’d like our readers to know about you? Or do you have a favorite quote you’d like to share? 

I used to work at a tea shop, and I know more than anyone should about the history of tea and how it is made. If you see me with a thermos, it’s definitely full of tea.

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