Hispanic Heritage Month: Meet Kindergarten Teacher Candice Shera

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the district is highlighting employees with Hispanic ancestry — their cultures, achievements and contributions to our Goshen Schools family!

Meet Kindergarten Teacher Candace Shera

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Candace Shera is a kindergarten teacher at SAS.

Candace Shera, kindergarten teacher at Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School, has worked at the Goshen Central School District for 16 years. She received her degrees from SUNY Oneonta and began her career working in a variety of areas and schools – urban, suburban, private and public. Candace believes that her different experiences have helped her become a well-rounded educator.

Why did you get into teaching?

I enjoyed working with children.

What do you enjoy most about working for the Goshen Central School District?

I have greatly appreciated the support from my colleagues to succeed.

Who had the most influence on your career?

The many amazing teachers I work with today.

What is your heritage?

My mom immigrated from Cuba when she was 10 with her twin sister and mother. I enjoy the music, food and warmth that her family brings.

What’s something you’d like others to know about your heritage/culture?

My grandmother just turned 90 and I write this in honor of her and the bravery it took to leave her family and come here alone with two young girls, not knowing the language or having much support. She worked in a factory until she was 70 years old. I am amazed by that. That is the strength that runs through my family.

How do you celebrate your heritage/culture?

We make food, listen to music and often dance together in the kitchen.

How do you think your heritage/culture has shaped you as a person/professional?

It has made me a very loving, warm person who has empathy for others and values everyone’s differences.

What things do you like to enjoy or do when you aren’t working?

Cooking, photography, sitting outside with friends and family.

What’s a fun fact about you that others may not know?

I love the Hallmark Channel!