Teachers are Heroes: Corinne Page enjoys the close-knit feel of BMC
Published on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021
Corinne Page was a teacher “in the beginning.”
She majored in chemistry at Clemson University but ended up studying education with a minor in science.
“That is really…my calling,” she said. “That is my natural thing: it’s to teach.”
Page teaches physics and chemistry at Berkeley Middle College – though this semester she is only teaching physics. Every now and then she gets to teach some other classes like biology or forensic sciences. She also previously taught engineering and has led online classes.
Page mostly grew up in Conway but moved to Moncks Corner in high school; she graduated from Berkeley High. She initially went to Converse College before going to Clemson University.
She has been teaching almost 28 years and is retiring this year. Part of her career was spent at St. John’s Christian Academy, but the rest she has served in Berkeley County School District. She previously taught at Westview Middle and Berkeley High before coming to joining Berkeley Middle College about nine years ago.
Page also has an engineering degree. She temporarily left the teaching profession for about 10 years to pursue an engineering career to accomodate her family at the time, but ended up coming back to teaching after working with one of her own children who had special needs.
“Just working with him, I ended up back in the classroom,” she said.
Page said the influence of the students keeps her in the classroom.
“I do like building relationships with the students,” she said.
Berkeley Middle College is a Berkeley County School District magnet program. The middle college concept is a national educational model that allows students to take dual credit classes on a college campus and earn both high school and college credit while completing their high school career.
These students enroll in college courses through Trident Technical College and, on average, graduate with 27 college credit hours by the time they receive their high school diplomas. By the end of their high school experience, these students are typically a year or more ahead of their peers academically.
Page said it is still high school – “we’re just on the college campus.”
“I would say that our students mature at a different rate than other students do; because of the small student body size, we are intimately associated with them…we get to speak with them one on one,” she said.
Page added if she sees a student falling behind she can better work with that student to help them meet their potential. BMC teachers work to prepare students for a full college environment by having them take more accountability for their learning.
She pointed out that colleges do not communicate with parents about their children's grades, "so they have to get used to the idea that: you kind of need to speak for yourself, and…your education is your responsibility,” she said.
Her favorite thing about BMC is its small size.
“I really enjoy the fact that I can know just about everybody,” she said. “Even students who haven’t been in any of my classes, they know who I am, and they will come talk to me. …I get to know all of them, essentially.”
Outside of school, she is involved in her church, First Presbyterian Church, and is involved with her church’s students. On Thursdays she works with young girls who are learning to sew.
Her hobbies include quilting, crocheting and gardening. She has six chickens and three cats at home.
Page has three adult children and eight grandchildren who range from seven months to 10 years old.
June will be her last month teaching. Page said she feels good about, but expects she will stay active in teaching in some capacity – like tutoring.
“I’m really looking forward to being able to contribute to that,” she said.
She has stayed in touch with certain students over the years beyond graduation, and she enjoys that continued contact.
“I know that I have influenced lives, and they’ve influenced my life,” she said. “It’s a two-way street with that, and that is precious to me.”