Please join us in congratulating Melissa Kronthal as Bateman Elementary’s March, 2016 Teacher of the Month. We asked Ms. Kronthal to share her bio with us. Please read below:
I began at Bateman last year as an inclusion teacher for K-6th grade students, and I am so honored to be Bateman’s 3rd-5th grade resource teacher of diverse learners this year. Currently, I teach English Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies. Prior to moving to Chicago last year, I taught in a 4th grade integrated co-teaching classroom in a New York City public school. I also have four years of experience teaching students with developmental disabilities in a New Jersey public school. I love getting to know my students in order to individualize their learning experiences and foster their love of learning.
In 2014, I graduated from Fordham University with a Master of Science in Teaching for Special Education and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Pi honor societies. I am certified in both general education and special education, and I achieved mastery distinction on the edTPA for Elementary Education. I received my Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University, where I also first met my fiancé, Aaron. Lately, we have been quite busy planning our November 2016 wedding in South Carolina!
At Bateman, I am a member of the PPLC and the UbD team. I was also privileged to join a great team of teachers in attending the UbD conference in Connecticut last summer. Earlier this school year, I attended a three-day workshop for the Wilson Reading System, an intensive reading intervention program, and I have enjoyed implementing it in the classroom.
When I am not at Bateman, I like to explore Chicago’s many delicious restaurants and attempt to recreate their dishes at home in my kitchen. I also love spending time with my family, who have always supported my love of education.
Congratulations, Ms. Kronthal! We are so proud to have you on our Bateman team!