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Teacher Spotlight, Carol Sluzky

Oct 15, 2013 | Highlights

As a new teacher at our School, Mrs. Carol Sluzky has become a significant and loved part of the Mount Vernon family.
Growing up in South Dakota and moving to Los Angeles, California in the Riverside area at the age of thirteen, she originally intended to be a forensic pathologist. While studying at San Diego State, Mrs. Sluzky discovered her passion for education while teaching Anatomy Physiology and Gross Dissection to pre-nursing and pre-vet students. Mrs. Sluzky received a B.S. in Biology with a minor in both Psychology and Chemistry.
After spending time teaching in Florida, Mrs. Sluzky moved with her husband to Costa Rica, where she developed the nonprofit organization, Advocates for Change. This organization raised enough money to start a new public high school at which she and her husband, Mark Sluzky, taught. The same organization increased environmental awareness across the country and created a new recycling program on the beaches. The campaign received attention from the president of Costa Rica and changed the way in which the ecosystem was monitored.
At Mount Vernon, Mrs. Sluzky teaches Chemistry and Environmental Science while simultaneously coaching the Junior Varsity Volleyball team. Mrs. Sluzky explains that she loves teaching kids both in class and on the court, knowing that she can find new ways to motivate them.
“Teaching is exciting, because each day is different,” she says. “Each class is unique.”
Along with teaching and coaching, Mrs. Sluzky also serves as the mentor to the Environmental Committee and Environmental Club on campus. The environment means a lot to her, and she loves having the ability to make students more aware of the ecosystem and their effect on it. Currently, the club members are working to grow a garden at our School.
“Mrs. Sluzky is greatly excited to use her knowledge to aid in the production of the garden,” says Joseph Martin, Mount Vernon’s Environmental Prefect. “She has really been able to spearhead the whole operation and think of all the details.”
Mrs. Sluzky has truly improved environmental awareness at Mount Vernon as a teacher and mentor, and she is a wonderful addition to the Mount Vernon faculty.