‘Awesome’ educator recognized at Clark

November 10, 2008

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Kirsten McArdle’s fifth-grade class at Clark Elementary School got a surprise last week.

(From left) Dairy Ambassador Eryn Edwards, Star 101.5 radio personality Corine McKenzie and fifth-grader Jake Dougherty surprised Kirsten McArdle, a teacher at Clark Elementary School, with the radio station’s Teacher of the Week award.By Chantelle Lusebrink

(From left) Dairy Ambassador Eryn Edwards, Star 101.5 radio personality Corine McKenzie and fifth-grader Jake Dougherty surprised Kirsten McArdle, a teacher at Clark Elementary School, with the radio station’s Teacher of the Week award.By Chantelle Lusebrink

Startled students curiously looked up from the math tests they’d just begun, to find Corine McKenzie, an afternoon radio personality, and the crew of Star 101.5 announcing that their teacher had been named the station’s Teacher of the Week. 

“I am super excited and super proud. This is an amazing bunch of kids,” McArdle said, adding she had no idea about the surprise. “All of these kids are kids I would have picked if I could have hand-picked them.”

The students in her class this year are very engaged in learning and active in school, she said. Just last week they turned the classroom into a haunted house for the entire school.

McArdle was nominated by one of her fifth-graders, Jake Dougherty.

“She lets us do a lot of things that I don’t think other teachers would let us do, like the haunted house for the school,” Jake said. “She’s just awesome.” 

The math test was put on hold while chocolate milk and cookies were passed to each of the students by Eryn Edwards, a dairy ambassador for the state’s dairy producers. 

McArdle and her students also received goodie bags with Teacher of the Week short-sleeved shirts, Applebee’s certificates and activity books with color crayons. 

McArdle also received a $100 check from the radio station. 

“Teachers work so hard in our communities and this is just a way to thank them for all they do,” McKenzie said. 

“I know how she connects with the kids and I’m not surprised she would get this,” said Principal Sue McPeak. “She is very deserving.”

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com.

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