3rd & 4th Grades

Welcome to Intermediate 1!

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. This year, I am thrilled to take on the role of Intermediate I teacher. My B.S. in Early and Primary Education is from the University of Scranton.

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.


Holly and I plan to 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 a great school year!
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at

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Intermediate Classrooms will be utilizing IXL for mathematics. You can access IXL through

3rd and 4th grade spelling lists can be found on .

Welcome to Intermediate 2!

My name is Holly Zahradnik, and I am the Intermediate 2 teacher assisted by Olivia Patane. 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. 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 1 teacher, Michele, and I will be working and collaborating closely to ensure consistency for all Intermediate students while meeting each individual’s needs. This year, we are excited to have a new English and Language Arts series that allows us to better meet the needs of readers of different abilities, and the stories connect directly to our grammar and spelling lessons allowing for meaningful learning to occur.

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!