Niagara Gazette — Carol Gold has walked through the halls of many buildings within the Niagara Falls City School District. In her 40 years in education, she's served as a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal and, a position she'll step away from Friday, director or curriculum development.
As retirement looms on the immediate horizon, Gold said her long, fulfilling career at Niagara County's largest school district is one she's extremely proud of.
"I've always loved to work," she said. "I was lucky because It was never drudgery to me. I had a career I never got tired of."
Gold's journey started in the early 1970s when, as a young Long Island resident, she came to Niagara Falls with her husband, Michael, after being promised, as she said, "an eternal honeymoon" in the city.
She arrived with a Master's Degree in art history and dreams of curating major museums around the country. She ended up teaching art off a mobile cart in some of the district's elementary schools.
Her teaching career brought her new adventures and experiences every day. She taught children how to read using art. She traveled to Japan to study mathematics instruction in 2005. But one of her earliest memories in her profession goes back to one of the more tumultuous times in local education.
In 1976, Gold was living in an apartment building with her husband when one day, she walked outside to find picketing teachers. Her husband was sitting on the school board at the time and the teachers were making their feelings known about a contract situation.
"It was a tumultuous time," Gold said. "I had only been teaching a couple years. I really knew nothing about going on strike, the Taylor Law or picketing."
Education is changing, now more so than every before. And Gold has spent the last three years helping Niagara Falls usher in some of the most sweeping changes education has seen in a long time. The much-maligned Common Core learning standards has made headlines with its lack of cursive writing and focus on rigorous instruction.