In our latest installment of Faculty Spotlight, we shine the spotlight on Tracy Doherty
Doherty, who graduated from Union Catholic in 1993, is a math teacher, and a moderator for multiple clubs at her alma mater.
Here is our Q and A with Doherty -
Years of service at Union Catholic and current positions:
Started in fall of 1999 - This is her 23rd year at UC
SAT/ACT Course moderator
Laptop Training for incoming students
Graduated from Union Catholic High School in 1993
Graduated from Kean University in 1998 BA in Mathematics
Did you play sports or were you in any clubs during your high school/college days?
Played basketball in high school, and played basketball at NJIT my freshmen year.
I was the bookkeeper/accountant for a small chrome plating company before I started teaching. I taught at Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington in 1998-1999
Your UC Journey: How did you wind up back at UC as a teacher?
While I was in college, I started coaching JV basketball at UC with Dr. Piasecki. I also worked with the Performing Arts Company as the Technical Director. While at Queen of Peace, I continued to come back to UC to coach and teach our kids how to build scenery for the shows. When a position became available at UC, I applied, interviewed, and got the job.
Biggest changes you’ve seen at UC since you’ve been here?
The biggest changes are in technology. When I started I used a chalkboard and calculated grades by hand. The students did everything on paper. When the laptop program started, we had to plug into a hub for the internet and they were not touchscreen. Still no math on the laptop. Laptops having a touch screen and pen opened up options for math work to be done in our laptops using a digital notebook. Canvas allows us to do work online and have assessments online. Now we can use a mix of paper and technology for our math work. No more chalkboard. All of the notes for the entire year are saved for reference.
Also, our kids get nicer every year. My students are not late to class, they are polite and courteous to each other and to me. They are so loving and truly make teaching a joy. I am extremely blessed.
What clubs do you moderate?
I am currently the moderator of the juggling club and the math/science club. The juggling club has so much fun. We laugh so much trying to juggle. The math/science club is working on entering a competition in the future. Cool stuff.
What do you love the most about teaching and working at Union Catholic?
Our kids!! They are so full of love. The love, kindness, and laughs they give me everyday make my heart sing.
What are your favorite UC memories as a student?
Playing basketball in the tournaments. I got box braids with my teammates. We had so much fun playing, practicing, and hanging out before practices. Decorating our cars, parties during senior year, senior tree trimming after basketball practice. I was also in the Performing Arts Company and our sets were so impressive. It was so cool that we did it all ourselves.
What is your favorite UC memory as a teacher?
Going to Utah for the canvas conference. We had so much fun together and learned some really great info to bring back and implement. Getting pied in the face was also pretty great.
What do you love the most about being part of the UC community? What makes UC so special?
Our kids. I will say it again, their love and kindness fill my heart.
What’s something about yourself that most people don’t know that would surprise people?
That I played basketball in college.
Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Sit on the beach, sunrises, and hanging out with my friends
Favorite UC Core Value and why?
Honesty. There is nothing worse than a liar. Honesty is super important to me.