Weekend Wisdom

Courtney Carrington ’96

13
“Embrace change.”
“Some people think high school is only about gaining knowledge and preparing for college. At Kent Place, high school is also about gaining courage and wisdom. Thanks to my parents’ encouragement, I always knew I would become something great one day, but it wasn't until my years at Kent Place that I began to internalize it, believe it and reach for it.
 
“Being female with a desire to become a scientist was and continues to be rare. My parents told me I could do it, I knew I wanted to do it and my KPS chemistry teacher, Eileen Core, showed me that I was capable of doing it. I went on to receive multiple science degrees from Drexel University and then fulfilled the career of my dreams as a research chemist for 10 years. Fast forward to today, and I have been a high school science teacher for the past seven years.
 
“I love chemistry and wanted to pass on just a bit of that love to children. It took a lot of strength and courage to change careers and follow my heart. I was able to do it because my KPS years not only provided me with knowledge but also study skills, social skills, intrinsic motivation and the ability to embrace change.
 
“During my career, I have held on to the Kent Place maxim, ‘With wisdom she lights the way,’ and pushed forward. I like to think that I was a pioneer in a time when some didn’t think an African-American female could become a successful chemist/scientist. I hope I helped to encourage those at KPS who came after me to say ‘If she can do it, so can I.’”

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