Meet January 2017 KFM Teacher of the Month

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January’s KFM Teacher of the Month is Jenny Bredemeier, a Reading/Recovery teacher at Nielson Elementary School in Galesburg. Jenny was nominated by Ashley Shinn who worked as a teacher’s aide with Jenny.

As KFM’s Teacher of the Month, Mrs. Bredemeier receives the Big Red Apple Award along with a $100 gift card and other prizes courtesy of Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Galesburg Flower Company and Lacky Monuments, Here’s a little bit about Mrs. Bredemeier:

Where did you grow up? Knoxville

Years teaching: 16

Favorite Subject Growing Up: Math

Favorite Subject To Teach: Reading

Favorite Food: Lobster

Least Favorite Food: Anything Spicy

My Favorite Movie: Don’t have a favorite

My Favorite Book: The Pain And the Great One by Judy Bloom

On my spare time I like to:  Play Golf, Swim, spending time with family

And here’s what Ashley had to say about Mrs. Bredemeier:

What sets this teacher apart from others? Mrs. Bredemeier goes above and beyond her job responsibilities on a daily basis! She is always putting extra time and effort in to make engaging and meaningful lessons for her students. She delivers these lessons with enthusiasm and real-life connections applicable to her students. Mrs. Bredemeier carries a positive attitude and regularly goes out of her way to build other teachers up and acknowledge others for their hard work. She stays late regularly and comes on the weekends often. She is willing to surpass her required duties even without additional pay simply because it is what is best for students. She is always thinking about what’s next-she never quits thinking about what can be done better or differently. Mrs. Bredemeier compiles building data and compares it at a district and state level to help make sure Nielson is doing all that it can to help all students achieve their highest potential. Mrs. Bredemeier is truly passionate about teaching and what is best for students,

What is one thing this teacher does that is not in their job description but they do it anyway to help you or your child? She is constantly seeking additional help for students in need in so many ways. Mrs. Bredemeier has secured education students from Monmouth College that come over several times a week to work with students in our building in the morning. Twice a week, after school, she has Knox College students coordinated to provide tutoring for students in need. These two examples alone easily double her work load as she has to plan all of the lessons for these college students to implement. She always coordinates the building-wide tutoring program, arranging for busing and tutoring students herself. Several of my students have benefited from these tutoring programs.

Give an example of a way this teacher has helped or impacted you or your child? The best way Mrs. Bredemeier has helped me is leading by example. I student taught with Mrs. Bredemeier in 2008 & have had the privilege to work alongside her since. With the many changes & challenges our district has faced in recent years she has remained positive & sought solutions instead of becoming negative and complaining. She has often agreed to add more to her already full plate to help lighten the load of a colleague in need or because she sees a need in general. She sets the bar high and encourages others around her to be the best teachers they can be by offering advice, resources, and knowledge. Mrs. Bredemeier inspires me to become an even better teacher tomorrow than I was today. She helps me find clarity & direction when I need it most-and she does this for so many others besides myself. In times when I need to remember what is truly important it is Mrs. Bredemeier I go to. Her enthusiasm and natural leadership inspires me, motivates me, & makes Nielson a better place.

As KFM’s Teacher of the Month, Jenny receives the Big Red Apple Award, a $100 gift card, and other gifts. Honoring teachers who make a difference with the Big Red Apple Award from Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Lacky Monuments, Galesburg Flower Company and 105.3 KFM.

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