Maddy's joy and leadership is apparent the moment you step into her classroom or see her on campus. She is always positive with her students, has high expectations, and finds a way to reach every student holistically. Congratulations, Maddy, on this week's Teacher Tuesday!
Quotes from Maddy's teammates at Caliber Beta Academy:
"Maddy is inspiring to be around. Her devotion and diligence are as obvious as her love for the kids. I can't say who has learned more - me or the kids - but I am certain of how lucky we are to have her guiding our fourth grade dragons. Congrats, Maddy!"
"Maddy is a great leader and works hard to make sure the day runs smoothly. She is very flexible and understanding to student's needs as well as her coworker's. It has truly been a pleasure working with Maddy!"
"If you have ever seen Maddy's traveling group of Intervention students you know how great of a teacher she is. They are meeting without a classroom, but whether they are in room 3, on the blacktop near the office, or huddled in the library, she has them fully engaged in learning! It is teaching at its finest!"
"Working alongside Maddy has been a true pleasure! She's 100% invested in her student's future. She literally utilizes every instructional minute to enrich our 4th grade class. Talk about HEART: she takes food from her own lunch bag to give to hungry students. Maddy, you're doing an amazing job, keep up the great work!"
All about Maddy:
I grew up in Seattle, Washington and went to Redlands, California for College. I graduated from University of Redlands with a bachelor’s degree in Race and Ethnic Studies with a focus in education. From California, I ventured to the midwest to teach in Kansas City Public Schools. There, I taught 1st-3rd grade (yes, 30 students of 1st-3rd graders, all in one classroom), I started a Girls on the Run team and helped develop school curriculum. I taught there for three years so was able to teach my 1st graders through their third grade year. I still stay in touch with all of them. Through my experience in and outside the classroom with students, I became grounded in my passion to work with kids. I was missing my west coast roots, so moved to California where I started teaching at Caliber. When I am not teaching, you’ll find me outside on hikes, runs, or at the park kicking the soccer ball around with friends. I love exploring new places, reading good books, and spending time with my family.
A recent interview with Maddy:
What is your favorite thing about being a 4th grade ELA Teacher + Grade Level Lead at Beta?
My favorite thing about teaching is working with the students. I love figuring out how each student learns, developing that relationship and then watching them grow in all areas - in and outside the classroom!
What was your favorite subject growing up?
I loved reading and writing.
Did you always think you were going to become a teacher?
Yes... Ever since my incredible teacher in 2nd grade (Mrs. Mark), I remember always wanting to be a teacher- she made learning so fun.
Favorite candy bar or sweet treat?
Anything peanut butter and chocolate!
If you could go on a dream vacation, what would you do + where would you go?
I would travel through South America.
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area (or specifically about Richmond!)?
I love the families here in Richmond... I love how involved they are in their community and in their child's education. They bring so much love and trust to our school.
What is one fun fact that most people don't know about you?
I have been white water rafting down the Nile river and the Zambezi River....both grade 5 type of rapid action... and both incredible!
Come visit Beta Academy to observe Maddy in action!!