From Tutor to Teacher
by Kaden Starkey, Staff Writer
APRIL 2O21 – Mrs. Madison Cambria is a new face at Bio-Med Science Academy. She teaches science to seventh grade students and is in her first year of teaching.
Initially, Cambria’s plans were not to become a teacher; she went into college as a biology major, but she transitioned into education, as biology was missing the personal connection. She graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Science Education.
Cambria says that by being a teacher, “it feels like you’re doing more for the world.”
In high school, Cambria was a cashier at Giant Eagle but quit to start her own tutoring business. She had around eight to nine students and spent about an hour with each per week.
“I started it, and I think that’s what kind of got me into teaching,” she says. Before becoming a teacher, she was able to gain experience from working one on one with students. “I think it grew on me,” Cambria adds.
Prior to coming to Bio-Med, Cambria said that she didn’t know very much about the school. But, she said that she “really liked what Bio-Med stood for.” She appreciated that the school is “mastery-based for learning instead of everything always being based on test scores, numbers, [and] percentages,” as well as the overall idea of it being a STEM school.
With it being her first year teaching, Cambria says, “being at Bio-Med has taught me a lot.” When she came into the school, she didn’t have any prior teaching experience in a school atmosphere. She says “it’s taught me what kind of teacher I want to be because that’s something I came into Bio-Med not knowing.”
“It’s taught me what a school should really look like and what a school should really focus on,” Cambria says.
Bio-Med has also helped her learn “how to branch out within the work community.” Cambria always kept to herself; she says that, “I would rather figure something out on my own than ask for help.” But she has realized that at Bio-Med, you have to reach out and ask for help, because “if you don’t understand something, it’s not gonna come to you; you have to seek advice.”
Overall, Cambria says that, “To come here and have this as a first-year experience is pretty awesome because they do things differently here.” She says that her first year is going great: “It’s going really well. I feel pretty confident.”
When Cambria was in high school, she used to be a varsity singles tennis player.
Cambria tried to continue the sport into college, but Kent State doesn’t have a tennis program that she could participate in.
“I also really love thrift shopping.” Cambria says. She sometimes thinks to herself if she truly wants to tell someone about it because some people think of thrift shopping as weird or odd. Ultimately, she says that “I need to be true to myself.”
Cambria also loves spending time with her family. She says that, “I have a very supportive family and my family is very important to me.”
In May of last year, she and her husband got married “during the pandemic, which was crazy,” she says.
“We are expecting our first child in April,” Cambria says. She is currently on maternity leave.
Cambria hopes that her students “come away from [her] class learning how to creatively solve a problem instead of looking at a problem as a brick wall in front of them.” She says that most schools train students that there is only one solution to a problem. For a lot of her students, she feels that when they will be faced with a challenge, they will just stop and feel as if they cannot get past it.
“I want my students to be able to creatively find a way around the problem, or change the problem to not be a problem anymore.”