Published Dec. 15, 2020
By SOPHIA BONE
Carmel High School students can normally hear Tricia Bean cheering on students during their sports events or congratulating them after a performance in the theater. The CHS Spanish teacher is all about supporting students and has missed this greatly due to distance learning, but has used time at home to connect with her family.
Before securing a teaching position at CHS in 2005, Bean taught at Gavilan Middle School in Salinas. In 2000, she spent a year teaching abroad in Barranquilla, Columbia, with a Fulbright scholarship, an eye-opening experience that ignited a love for travel she now shares with her students. In the summer of 2018, she led a school trip to Peru, and this past summer she was going to take students to Costa Rica, but that trip got canceled due to COVID-19.
Building student connections is one of Bean’s favorite aspects of her job, and she misses the small things that help her get to know students better.
“I get to know my students so much through what we do in class, but also just through casual conversations that we have during passing periods or waiting for the bell to ring,” Bean says. “I also just love to see them shining in other ways outside of the classroom.”
Between racing from school to sports to art shows, her life pre-quarantine allowed her little time to relax. This mother of a current Carmel High School sophomore and San Jose State University freshman has been enjoying family time at home, and the family has started to bond over TV shows such as the drama “Yellowstone.”
Tricia Bean also enjoys walking her dog in Palo Corona Regional Park and eating out at family favorites like Sur in the Barnyard and Phil’s Fishmarket. During break, Bean hopes to explore other nature spots around the area, like Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley.
“With all our extra time,” Bean says, “it is nice to connect with this beautiful area that we live in.”