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Meadowlark teachers in pursuit of excellence

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Nicole Asay listens with her group of students

Kindergarten teacher Nicole Asay listens with her group of students to one group member as he talks about how he is different from the rest of the group on Friday at Meadowlark. Several Kindergarten classes joined together for the activity and then were split into groups to talk about how they were different and how they were similar to the other kids in their group.

Meadowlark Elementary has a number of already Nationally Board Certified teachers. As of December, the building has another five. Mary Jean Wodahl, Kelsey Warren, Nicole Asay, Jessica Kavitz and Amber McClure all received word in December that they had earned their certification after having finished the year-long process the previous May. 

The first grade classes split up into several small groups

The first grade classes split up into several small groups so students could share their similarities and differences to their classmates. The activity mixed up different kids from different classes rather than just working with their regular classroom teachers.

Amber McClure holds up an iPad

First grade teacher Amber McClure holds up an iPad while a student working from home contributes to the conversation on Friday. She only had the one student working from home and was able to include her with the rest of the group with iPad.

Astrid Crashley, Johnathan Finkle and Harlie Sullivan stack their blocks

From left, Astrid Crashley, Johnathan Finkle and Harlie Sullivan stack their blocks to match the letter pattern given to them by kindergarten teacher Mary Jean Wodahl on Friday. Kids were spread throughout the class working on a variety of different activities including these blocks.

Mary Jean Wodahl spells out the “ABCABC” pattern

Kindergarten teacher Mary Jean Wodahl spells out the “ABCABC” pattern with her students on Friday at Meadowlark. The kids were stacking blocks to match the pattern of the letters.

Jessica Kavitz waits for her line of students

Kindergarten teacher Jessica Kavitz waits for her line of students to return to the classroom after their technology class on Friday. Kavitz is one of five teachers in the district to have earned national board certification, a year long process that then takes a few months to deliver results.

group photo of teachers

From left, Mary Jean Wodahl, Kelsey Warren, Nicole Asay, Jessica Kavitz and Amber McClure are the five newest teachers at Meadowlark Elementary to earn their National Board Certifications.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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