3rd & 4th Grades

Welcome to Intermediate I!

Welcome to Intermediate I! My name is Michele Wall, and I have been working at HGMICS since August 2014. During the 2014-2015 school year, I served as the aide to the Intermediate I and Intermediate II classrooms. Last year, I was thrilled to take on the role of Intermediate I teacher. I’m excited for an amazing school year with all of my spectacular students. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Early and Primary Education from the University of Scranton in 2013. Before joining the HGS family, I spent a year substitute teaching in the Abington Heights, Mid Valley, and Valley View school districts.

Outside of school, I really enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors (when it’s 70 degrees or warmer), going to country music concerts, baking (Who doesn’t love a good cupcake?), and attending Zumba classes. This past summer I was lucky enough to have my first adventure outside of the United States. In June, I helped a teacher from Valley View chaperone 15 high school students on an educational trip to Spain and Italy. I learned so much through this experience, and it truly inspired me to make time to explore the amazing world we live in. In July, I traveled to Utah to explore Bryce Canyons, Arches National Park, and Zion National Park. Zion was definitely my favorite park. If you have not been there and are interested in going, I enthusiastically recommend it. In August, I took time to go visit family members in Florida. Besides traveling, I really enjoy outdoor activities like apple picking, skiing, swimming, and hiking. Rickett’s Glenn State Park is one of my favorite places to hike. The waterfalls are beautiful, and I love stopping at Hillside Farms for ice cream on the way home!

Ciara Cawley is the aide for both Intermediate classrooms. Last year, Ciara held the position of seventh and eighth grade aide, and before that she subbed for various grades at Howard Gardner. She is well-acquainted with the multiple  intelligence-based learning and school community that HGS thrives upon. Ciara graduated from West Chester University in December 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is certified in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and hopes to continue her education by obtaining her master’s degree in Literacy. Ciara has always aspired to be a teacher and believes working with Holly and I this school year will be a great start and experience. Not only does Ciara love teaching, but she also loves spending time with her friends and family. Ciara would like to travel all around the world and eventually take a road trip across the country with her closest friends. Listening to country music is her favorite thing to do, and pink is her favorite color!

Each Intermediate classroom consists of eleven third graders and eleven fourth graders. The classes will remain with their homeroom for subjects like cultures, Multiple Intelligence projects, handwriting, novel studies, and Mandarin. This year, I will teach all of third grade mathematics, and Holly, the Intermediate II teacher, will specialize in fourth grade mathematics. I will also teach fourth grade ELA, and Holly will teach third grade ELA. Ciara will teach Cultures in both Intermediate classrooms, as well as some intervention groups.


Holly, Ciara, and I work closely to integrate the multiple intelligences and Pennsylvania Core Standards throughout our instruction. In addition to academics, we also strive to teach students to be safe, trustworthy, accountable, and respectful through our school-wide positive S.T.A.R. behavior system. We are looking forward to another great school year!

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Welcome to Intermediate II!

My name is Holly Zahradnik, and I am the Intermediate II teacher assisted by and co-teaching with Ciara Cawley. It is an honor and a pleasure to be teaching at the Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School for my third year.

My Master’s Degree is in Elementary Education from Marywood University, and I hold a B.S in Environmental Science from Penn State. I formerly taught 5th grade in the Pleasant Valley School District and have experience at every elementary grade level through substitution. Having three children of my own, I truly appreciate you entrusting me with the education of your child and will do all that I can to assist each student to reach his or her full potential.


In our IntermediateII classroom, we will strive to have a positive and productive year. We will examine Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences and discover our strengths. The students will complete a survey that will help to indicate what types of intelligences interest them the most. We will then complete projects to help us explore the different intelligences. These projects are totally student-driven allowing them the opportunity to have a commanding role in what they are learning and how to share their creativity with the class. Project examples in the past have included writing a story or play, giving a speech on bullying, and even a demonstration of how a tornado forms. The possibilities are endless, and I serve as a guide when needed.

We will also participate in our Star Behavior Program which is a school-wide initiative to promote positive behavior at all times. We will discuss how to be safe, trustworthy, accountable, and respectful, and students will be rewarded for exhibiting positive behavior. I have created a menu of rewards for which students may trade in stars that they have earned. I also have a reward system for students who successfully complete their homework for each month. They become members of the 100 Percent Homework Club and earn a free homework pass and star cards. My goal is to always focus on the positives.

Our Intermediate I teacher, Michele, and I will be working and collaborating closely to ensure consistency for all Intermediate students while meeting each individual’s needs. Third grade students will learn to avid readers and writers in my ELA class, and fourth grade students will conquer place value, multiplication and division, fractions, and solving word problems by using the reading, drawing, and writing method in my math class. In cultures, we will use several websites and Scholastic News to learn about the world around us in addition to a geography unit and Pennsylvania history unit.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns, and know that I appreciate all feedback from you. Working together we will have an exceptional year!