3rd & 4th Grades

Welcome to Intermediate 1!

My name is Jenny Kochis, and I am the Intermediate 1 teacher. I have been part of the Howard Gardner School community since last November. My experiences at the school include student teaching, full time substitute, and now, a full time classroom teacher. My degree is a B.S. in Early Childhood Education/ Special Education from Keystone College. I am grateful to be part of this wonderful school. Alison is the full time assistant in Intermediate 1. She has been working at the school for the past 12 years. Together, we are committed to creating the best possible learning experience for our students.

Welcome Back to School!

The students of Intermediate 1 have started the year off with a bang! We have been examining Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. The students are discovering what kind of “smart” they are-word smart, picture smart, nature smart, self smart, people smart, music smart, body smart, or number smart. The students are then going to use the information they have found to create a long-term project. Another major focus in our classroom is the Star Behavior Program. Students have been exploring the components of the program- Safe, Trustworthy, Accountable, Respect- to understand good behavior not only in the classroom, but also throughout the entire school. Students have also begun working in all core subjects- math, reading, writing, and cultures. Small group work, independent task work, and whole class instruction are the various ways the core subjects are studied. The hard work the students have exhibited during the first week of school shows it is going to be a great year!

Look at our new classroom. The new school location has provided the chance to create an optimal learning environment for our students.

Welcome to Intermediate 2!

My name is Holly Zahradnik, and I am the Intermediate 2 teacher assisted by Michele Wall. It is an honor and a pleasure to be teaching at the Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School.

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 Intermediate 2 classroom, we will strive to have a positive and productive year. We will examine Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences and discover our strengths. We will participate in learning centers and complete projects to help us explore the different intelligences. 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.

Our Intermediate 1 teacher, Jenny, and I will be working and collaborating closely to ensure consistency for all Intermediate students while meeting each individual’s needs. 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!