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April 2015 - Teacher of the Month

May 11, 2015 -- 4:27pm

CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Patti West, K-1 Teacher at McHenry’s Landmark Elementary & APRIL “Teacher of the Month” WINNER from Home State Bank on Star 105.5!  Enjoy the attached pics plus a copy of the winning letter below!

"My daughter has had Mrs. West as a teacher for the last two years.  Our school is a little different than most in McHenry County.  We are a year round, cooperative learning, multi-age classroom school.  (That's a mouth full)I could not have asked for a better teacher for my daughter's kindergarten/first grade years.  She is unlike any teacher I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  Patti is always available to the children and parents outside of the classroom for extra help and guidance.  She has proved this many times over the past two years.  She freely gives out her home phone number, to every parent, checks email and responds in the evening and on the weekends, a month or so into the school year, she does phone conferences with all of the parents on her own time.  These are not conferences that are required by the district, but are extra little chats she likes to have with the parents because she believes it's important for the parents to be connected and know how the children are adjusting to the school year.  In January, she contacted one of our parents and asked her to arrange an outing with the students to go sledding.  On a Sunday!!! Patti drove from Woodstock to McHenry in a snow storm to spend a few hours of fun with her students. When the children saw her walking up that sledding hill, you would have thought she was a rock star.  They went CRAZY yelling "Mrs. West is here, Mrs. West is here!!!"  She sled down that hill at least one time with every student that wanted a ride with her. She put so many smiles little faces.   Recently, she asked the same parent to arrange another fun day for her, her students and their families.  The only thing that concerns me is how can any of my daughter's future teachers top the value, dedication and love this woman has for her students. I have another daughter who will be attending Landmark in a few years, and I can only hope we are lucky enough to have her in our lives again.  (By the way, we share the same last name, but there is no family relation.)" - Patti from McHenry 

Teacher, Patti West, with Letter Writer, Tracy & her daughters  

Teacher, Patti West, with Letter Writer, Tracy & her daughters…and Home State Bank, McHenry Branch Manager, Jessica Lamkin

Teacher, Patti West, DJ Clinto from Star 105.5 and Home State Bank, McHenry Branch Manager, Jessica Lamkin

 

 

March 2015 - Teacher of the Month

Apr 03, 2015 -- 11:59am

CONGRATULATIONS to Kathy Young, Reading Instructor at McHenry County College & our MARCH “Teacher of the Month” WINNER from Home State Bank on Star 105.5!  Presentation pics are attached and enjoy a copy of the winning letter below!

"Mrs. Young teaches in the Adult Ed Department at MCC. After retiring from a elementary teacher's position Mrs. Young has embraced the challenges of motivating a wide variety of adult students in their quest to obtain their GED.  To that end Mrs. Young co-developed a phonics program that better enables students to sound out and spell words thus adding to their vocabulary.  She (along with another MCC instructor) proposed and implemented an Adult Ed Student of the Month program that fosters pride in adult students who may have last attended school decades ago. She also proposed and implemented an Adult Library that enables adult students to not only read books that interest them but also children's books that encourages students to read to their own children.  Mrs. Young has always been the personification of a professional by preparing each day's class agenda for a wide range of student's abilities.  A teacher's single biggest challenge is to maintain and encourage students to continue to learn.  Mrs. Young clearly exceeds this objective every day by being excited about what she is teaching.  Lastly, Mrs. Young often will spend her salary on school materials and library books knowing that she most likely will not be reimbursed.  Kathy Young stands out not just as a great teacher, but someone that cares deeply about moving the needle in educating adult students." - Don



THREE great letter writers attended, from left – Maria, Don, Teacher Mrs. Kathy Young & Home State Banking Center Manager, Lesley Smith.

Group pic with Mrs. Young & Lesley

MCC’s Tom Pierce, Teacher Mrs. Kathy Young, Star 105’s DJ Clinto & Home State Banking Center Manager, Lesley Smith

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