Intermediate

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. During the 2015-2016 school year, I was thrilled to take on the role of Intermediate I teacher. I’m excited for another 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. In the summer of 2016 I was lucky enough to have my first adventure outside of the United States. 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. I ended up also traveling to Utah to explore Bryce Canyons, Arches National Park, and Zion National Park that summer. Zion was definitely my favorite park. If you have not been there and are interested in going, I enthusiastically recommend it. This past summer, I spent a week in Texas and was able to visit Houston, Austin, and Dallas during my trip. 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!

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, Ciara and I will teach third grade mathematics, and Holly, the Intermediate II teacher, will specialize in fourth grade mathematics. I will also teach fourth grade ELA, while Holly and Ciara will teach third grade ELA.

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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!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at michele.wall@myhgsd.com.

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Welcome to Intermediate II!

My name is Holly Zahradnik, and I am the Intermediate II teacher assisted by Kait Hicks and Katie Hoban. It is an honor and a pleasure to be teaching at the Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School for my fourth 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.

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In our Intermediate II 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. Supplies should be few and not costly

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 also have a reward system for students who successfully complete (finish only) 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.

Finally, new to our behavior programs this year, is a weekly class meeting that focuses on bullying, how we can be a force of change, and exploring what we see in our school and creating a dialogue that hopefully leads to the end of this type of behavior

Our Intermediate teachers and aides will be working and collaborating closely to ensure consistency for all Intermediate students while meeting each individual’s needs. We will continue to work with the wonderful ELA series Reading Streets, and what is even more exciting is that this year we are working with a new mathematics series, Everyday Math, which I am familiar with, and I truly like because of the amazing hands-on materials that make the lessons come alive.

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!

Welcome to Intermediate III!

Hi! My name is Ciara Cawley and I am the new Intermediate III teacher! I am so excited to be having my first very own classroom this year! I graduated from West Chester University in December 2014 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. I am certified in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and hope to continue my education by obtaining my master’s degree in Literacy. I started working at Howard Gardner in October 2015 as the senior aide, and then I became the intermediate aide last school year. Being the aide last year really helped me become well-acquainted with the multiple intelligence-based learning and school community that HGS thrives upon. I have always aspired to be a teacher and believe working with Holly and Michele this school year again will be a great start and experience for me as a first year teacher.

My aide this year is Kait Hicks and I have known her for a very long time!

Hi! My name is Kait Hicks and I am an Intermediate aide. I went to Kutztown University and have been teaching for three years. I spent one year as a preschool teacher and two years as a third and fourth grade teacher. Third and fourth grades are my absolute favorite grades to teach! My husband and I have been married for three years and we love to travel to State Parks. I also love to run and would someday like to run a full marathon. I am so excited to help Ciara, Holly, and Michelle, as well as your children, this year!

In our Intermediate III 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.

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. All intermediate teachers have a reward system for students who successfully complete (finish only) 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.

I am so excited for this school year and my goal is to always focus on the positives and have fun!