Carrollton, Ky. — March 20, 2018 — Maggie Harper’s choices were Cincinnati, Louisville or Carrollton. She chose Carrollton. A sixth-grade social studies teacher at Carroll County Middle School, Harper is in her second year of teaching.
“Maggie quickly became someone we rely on,” said Principal Dana Oak. “She is a great team player and a great teacher. Our students are lucky to have her.”
In Maggie Harper’s sixth-grade social studies classroom, students learn about ancient Rome, Greece, Babylon and the Flash. But not the superhero.
“Flash is my Basset Hound,” Harper said. “My other dog is Barry, a black and tan coonhound. The kids think I knew the superhero Flash’s secret identity, which is Barry. But the real secret is that I didn’t know.”
In her sixth-grade social studies classroom, Harper teaches geography and ancient civilizations.
“Sixth-graders are just starting to understand how different life has been for people across time,” she said. “Studying Rome, Greece and other ancient civilizations really gives them some perspective on our own culture.”
Harper is from Cincinnati, where her parents live. She also has connections in Louisville, so she was looking for a school between the two.
“I immediately fell in love with Carroll County Middle School,” she said. “The teachers here are great. The kids are great. As sixth-graders, they are learning about some of these ancient civilizations for the first time. It’s fun to see how surprised they are by history.”
Harper is a 2015 graduate of Thomas Moore’s Master of Arts in Teaching program. After graduating from Bellarmine in 2012, she worked for a brief time in real estate in the Louisville area.
“I worked in the property management side of things,” Harper said. “But I always knew that I wanted to teach.”
When Harper is not teaching, she enjoys DIY projects. She recently helped make a concrete farmhouse table from scratch.
“I haven’t been here long, but I already feel at home,” she said. “For example, the concrete farmhouse table was so heavy that I called some friends from CCMS to help me move it.”
Along with two other CCMS teachers, Harper was recently awarded a $3,000 grant from the Educational Excellence Foundation of Carroll County. The foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) that supports educational initiatives in Carroll County.
“I am so thankful to be one of the recipients of the Lynn Miller scholarship,” Harper said. “I really feel like the school and the community have supported me as a teacher and as an individual.”
The Carroll County School District is a public school system that operates within the geographic boundaries of Carroll County, Ky. The district serves around 1,900 students K-12.