Evens Charles is proud to play many different roles at the Malden campus
2017 marks 15 years for Evens Charles as an instructor at Salter School—quite an accomplishment! “I can’t think of anyone else better than Evens,” says Campus President Laurie O’Malley. “He has been here at the Malden campus 15 years and not only is in charge of professional medical assisting (PMA)—our largest program—but he stocks the labs, heads up student council, and coordinates all details for two graduations a year. His evaluations are always excellent.”
Evens is the lead instructor for Salter School’s PMA program. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he came to the U.S. with his family when he was 15 years old and attended Medford High School in Medford, MA. We asked Evens some questions to help you get to know him a little better—things you might not think to ask!
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher, because both of my parents were teachers in Haiti.
What is your favorite moie?
What is your favorite restaurant?
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
What is one thing on your bucket list?
To create an Academy Awards ceremony for teachers. Teachers need and deserve to be appreciated!
What’s your secret talent?
I love to sing. I sing at the commencement ceremonies every year.
How did you become a teacher?
Some foreigners only see themselves doing low-wage jobs, but when I came here people taught me to speak English and to succeed. I wanted to teach to give back all that I’d accomplished, and feel grateful to be able to give something back. Even though the accent was still there, it didn't stop me at all. A career school gave me a chance to teach. I not only strive to help others succeed but am also determined to help them reach their goals. Many of my students have gone on to be the best they can in the medical field—as instructors, nurses, or laboratory technicians. I’m very proud of them.
How long have you been coordinating graduations?
Since I first came to the school 15 years ago. They didn’t hold graduation ceremonies then. The first ceremony had something like 30 students. I’ve been organizing them ever since!
What is your role in the student council?
I see fun as an important part of learning—you can’t do well if you’re not having fun! So we try to bring in creative activities to campus, and we also raise money for good causes.
What do you like about teaching at Salter School?
I like making a difference in students’ lives. It’s a great feeling to see students around town—at the grocery store—and to hear them say, “Thank you for changing my life.” That makes me happy and prideful.
This article is part of the weekly blog of the Salter School. We offer several different professional training programs at our campuses in Malden and Fall River, MA. Reach out to us today for more information or to schedule a campus tour!