By Claire Pezza and Julia Lytle
Newton South ceramics teacher, Cindy Goldberg, is a dedicated member of the school community. She has taught ceramics at South for 11 years and spent her first year teaching a WISE class to seniors. “I loved it,” Goldberg said.
Goldberg spent her childhood growing up in Long Island, New York. She later attended the University of Hartford Art School. There, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and her certification to teach kindergarten through 12th grade.Â
She also went to the University of Massachusetts and got her masters degree in education administration, an accomplishment that would qualify her to become a principal.
Goldberg now lives in Newton with her two sons, Andrew, 4, and Jacob, 19 months. She loves living in Newton because she thinks that it is a great place to raise her family.
In order to pass on her passion for all kinds of art, she takes an art class with her younger son, Jacob.
Aside from school and her family, Goldberg also enjoys playing tennis, but not quite as much as she loves getting connected with her students through art she said.
Goldberg always makes her class as enjoyable as possible. “I like to provide a therapeutic setting for my students,” she said. She believes that teachers shouldn’t simply teach their subject. Instead, they need to get to know their students in order to create a bond and teach them things they wouldn’t ordinarily be able to find in a school environment.
Goldberg strives to stay in touch with her students long after they leave Newton South. In fact, Goldberg is still in touch with a former student who now teaches at Memorial Spaulding.
In her opinion, ceramics is all about expressing yourself and knowing that things are never perfect.
“You can’t make a mistake, as long as you try your best,” Goldberg said. This positive attitude has helped many of her determined students to reach their full potential during their time in her classroom.
Whether she is warmly chatting with students or helping them finish off the perfect pinch pot, Goldberg never fails to support her pupils.
“I’m all about my students.”