Harbordale Elementary School
Cari Rodriguez is a proud product of BCPS. Ms. Rodriguez holds several “firsts” in her family. The one she is most proud of is becoming a teacher. She says, “I always knew I wanted to teach elementary school. I would play school with friends and dolls every day.” Her philosophy as an educator is no one can do everything, but everyone is good at something. Her biggest moment comes when she helps a student choose that book that gets him or her hooked. “Everyone is a reader, some just haven’t found the right book yet,” says Ms. Rodriguez. She lives to make these connections for students and adults alike.
Cari Rodriguez, a 21-year veteran educator, has spent the last six years at Harbordale ElementarySchool, where she serves as the literacy coach. Whenever possible, she combines fun with learning. “Student achievement is my inspiration,” says Rodriguez. “Whether building an igloo while studying the Inuit, eating pasta puttanesca while reading, or dancing and singing to multiplication facts, I want my students to enjoy learning.”
Principal Theresa Bucolo says, “Rodriguez quickly became an important member of our team, providing valuable curriculum and classroom support. She is committed to Harbordale’s mission and vision, and has helped to develop programs and activities designed to provide positive educational experiences for all students.”