Unitas At Austin Prep
Our vibrant campus comes to life as a result of the talented faculty and staff who make up the Austin Prep community. We look forward to periodically highlighting those individuals here in our spotlight, Unitas at Austin Prep.
Community Spotlight: Ms. Kerry Barrett
Name: Ms. Kerry Barrett
Hometown: Sayville, NY
Education/Degrees: B.A. in Biology/ M.Ed Secondary Education both from Providence College
Years at Austin Prep: This is my first year
Years working in Education: Three years
Department/Area of Subject: Science
Describe a teacher who inspired you growing up: I had a research class in high school with the most incredible woman. She brought me to professional conferences as a 10th grader and connected me with some really important people in science. She was absolutely brilliant in her field but more importantly for me at the time was that she had this knack for engaging students and meeting them at the level they were at. She could jump from talking with us about opening night for the Mets one minute to explaining complicated science to us in a way that made sense the next. She worked us harder than any other teacher I had in high school. There were so many late nights in the lab but it always seemed worth it because I had a teacher who was interested in me and we all knew she had our backs. She is someone that I have always wanted to be like whether as a teacher, a scientist, or a person in general.
Do you have a motto you teach by? Or an expression you try to instill in your classroom?
You get out what you put in.
It’s just science. You can do it.
What’s the most insightful thing a student has ever said to you? “Sometimes I think we all worry too much about stuff we can’t control which takes time away from worrying about the things I can control…what a waste of time”.
If you weren’t a teacher, what career would you have? Genetic Counselor. Before I started teaching I did a lot of research with genetics. I love the subject and similar to teaching, genetic counseling combines my love for science with my social personality and desire to help others.
Accolades: My research is about to be published in Evolutionary Applications!
Favorite Quote: “Love is how you stay alive even after you are gone” (Tuesdays with Morrie)
Community Spotlight: Mr. Raymond Kabunga
Name: Mr. Raymond Kabunga
Hometown: Watertown, MA
Education: St. Mbaaga’s Major Seminary Kampala, Uganda, B.A. Philosophy and Theology; Boston College, M.A. Religious Education
Years at Austin Prep: First Year
Years working in Education: 8 years
Department and Courses Taught: Theology; Introduction to the Sacred Scriptures, Living as Members of the Church
Describe a teacher who inspired you growing up: In high school in Uganda, I had a teacher who taught social studies. He made me love the subject to the point that I would always try my best to never miss his class. One of the things I learned from him was that he was always on time for his class and he always emphasized how being on time is essential and builds character.
Do you have a motto you teach by, or an expression you try to instill in your classroom? "It always seems impossible until it’s done" - Nelson Mandela
What’s the most insightful thing a student has ever said to you? “Thank you for being a good listener and someone who has taught me with patience over the past four years."
If you weren’t a teacher, what career would you have? I would be a priest.
Favorite Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure” - Nelson Mandela
Fun fact about you, or something your colleagues & students might not ordinarily know: As I was growing up in Uganda, I used to like climbing trees and being able to go to the top of the trees and see the rest of the forest.
Any other information you would like to share? I am a fan of Arsenal Football Club in the United Kingdom. I am also a fan of Boston College sports. I like traveling, cooking, and hiking.