Congratulations Ms. McFadden
Veronica McFadden, third grade teacher at Woodson Elementary School in Corning has always believed that it was her calling to become a teacher. “I can’t imagine doing anything more rewarding,” she said. “Every day is an adventure that brings new challenges and excitement.”
Veronica’s principal, Mona Miller, nominated her for the Feature Teacher award in September, saying “Veronica is a key member of the Woodson team. She inspires her students to believe in themselves, to work hard and to never give up. She cares deeply for her students, is a leader with her peers and an amazing colleague. She is very deserving of this honor, and I am delighted that she is being recognized for her contributions to our community.”
The award, presented by Tyler Smail of Edward Jones and Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools, is given monthly to teachers whose performance is exceptional. “Teachers like Veronica make all the difference in the world for their students and we’re very pleased that we can recognize them in this way,” said Champion.
“I love being around kids and their honesty,” Veronica said. “I love the changes I see as the students in my class become more independent and confident. Most of all, I love teaching my students life skills. These lessons are the ones that will carry them through.”
When asked what her most memorable teaching moment has been in her 25 year career, she responded with, “There’s no way in the world I can come up with one most memorable teaching moment because almost every day of the past 25 years has been filled with them.”
Veronica’s dedication to her students and sense of duty to the profession are very apparent both in her enthusiasm for the work and in the consistently high level of achievement by her students.