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Molly McCormack

Intermediate 4 & 5 Teacher

I received a Master in Special Education and a Bachelor in Elementary Education from the University of Louisville. My early teaching experiences include teaching visually impaired children ages 3-21, establishing an after-school and preschool program, and teaching Elementary music. In 1999 Virginia Chance School invited me to play my mountain dulcimer for the Primary classes as part of a theme study unit on Kentucky. It was love at first sight! Shortly after my performance, I learned of a job opening in Intermediate.  I was offered accepted the position as an Intermediate teacher the following year, and Virginia Chance School has been in my heart ever since. This will be my 21st year of teaching at VCS! 
 
I chose the field of teaching because I love seeing and hearing how children think, and their can-do and fearless attitude to take risks. Although I’ve had many different kinds of teaching experiences, the Intermediate level is a particular favorite because of the level of understanding that 4th and 5th graders have about the world and their passion for learning. Our students dive into projects with enthusiasm, and they are excited to share all that they have learned. Having students in our class for two years allows me to truly get to know each student as well as their family. Our unique partnership with parents helps me understand the whole child, both in and outside of school. 
 
Our outdoor education program provides opportunities to plan creative instruction that is unique to our school campus and our community. In Intermediate, we’ve used the greenhouse as a base for a mission to Mars and as a learning space to explore math concepts. During our theme study of Geography, the woods provided a perfect place for students to build miniature models of landforms. When we studied the Solar System, our Intermediate friends used the field to create a scale model of the solar system using toilet paper squares! These active learning opportunities are so much fun for me to teach, and more importantly, they provide opportunities for our friends to think, explore, and problem solve. These are the kinds of memories that students take with them when they graduate, and these memories keep their passion for learning alive. 

When I am not at school, I love spending time with my husband, sons, and grandsons. I enjoy performing and teaching mountain and hammer dulcimer workshops around the country. This summer, I got a ukulele, and I’m enjoying the experience of learning to play a new instrument. I dabble in many creative explorations, including painting and writing poetry. I am continually inspired by Virginia Chance students’ creative spirit!