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Norwalk, CT | Added on April 30, 2015 At 10:00 PM

"I've been to Japan and to China multiple times,"said Roz McCarthy. "To Morocco, Qatar, Egypt and Tajikistan.

Not many educators can say they have traveled around the world like Roz McCarthy. Now after a 35-year career in education, the Center for Global Studies Director will retire from Norwalk Public Schools in June.

"I always wanted to be a teacher. That was just something I knew I was going to do. I started out as an English teacher in Brooklyn. Then we moved to Connecticut where I started teaching English at New Canaan High School which I did for 22 years. Then I was a housemaster at Norwalk High School and then this job," said McCarthy.

McCarthy also served on the Norwalk PTO Council and eventually became its President. McCarthy also spent time on the Norwalk Board of Education as a Democrat, where she served from 1996 to 2003.

For the past 8 years McCarthy has served as CGS' Director. And with 275 students from across Fairfield County, McCarthy says there is a lot do.

"I have to recruit students. I have to write grant applications and I have to take of the budget. I take care of kids and supervise teachers. Then I have to host foreign students and teachers who come as visitors through our exchange and sister school projects. It is a very varied job which makes it really, really interesting and a lot of fun."

McCarthy says education has changed since she began her career in 1970.

"One of the biggest changes in education that has happened over my lifetime for sure has been the growth of choices. That is a big movement in education. Magnet schools were at the forefront of that. When you can choose what specialty or what theme you want to go towards, it makes the kids and the parents I think more committed to it. It is not education as one size fits all," said McCarthy. "Different students have different interests and needs and we shouldn't have to wait until college to acknowledge those interests."

Norwalk Public Schools is currently searching for a new Director for the Center for Global Studies. Roz says she's looking forward to spending more time with her family and traveling even more. 

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