Meet November’s KFM Teacher of the Month

November’s KFM Teacher of the Month is Jodie McNally, a sixth grade teacher at Lombard. Jodie was nominated by Anna Singleton whose grandchild is a student in Jodie’s class. As KFM’s Teacher of the Month, Jodie receives the Big Red Apple Award along with a $100 gift card and other gifts courtesy of Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Lacky Monuments, Cooks & Company, and 105.3 KFM. Here’s a little more about Jodie:

Where did you grow up? Alpha
Years teaching: 17
Favorite part of teaching: Making connections and building relationships with students and their families!
Favorite Subject Growing up: Reading
Favorite Recipe to Teach: Social Studies
Favorite Food: Taco Pizza
Least Favorite Food:  I don’t like spicy foods
My Favorite Movie: Pretty in Pink, Adventures in Babysitting, and just about any Christmas movie!
My Favorite TV Show: The Masked Singer. Reality TV is definitely my guilty pleasure!
My Favorite Book: It is almost impossible to choose a favorite book, but some of my all-time favorites are Maniac Magee and A Series of Unfortunate Events
My Favorite Sports Team: Baseball – Chicago Cubs; Football – Virginia Tech Hokies
During My Spare Time I Like To: Play board games, go to trivia nights, make crafts, hang out with my friends and family, act in plays & musicals with Prairie Players
You may be surprised, but I’m really great at: I can say the ABC’s really fast…backwards!

Here’s what Anna had to say about Jodie:

What sets this teacher apart from others?
I think Mrs. McNally is the true teaching heart and soul. I have custody of my grandchildren and this wonderful woman has gone above and beyond what you can ask of any teacher. She has inspired my youngest grandson, who has a learning disability, to complete his assignments online during this pandemic. She has helped at times when she is home with her own family!! The love and compassion she shows to “her kids” is unmatched. She deserves the recognition for all she does. I consider her a great blessing to my family. I don’t think my youngest grandchild would have passed if not for her endless patience and perseverance. If more teachers were like her no child would ever be “left behind”.

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?
Mrs. McNally has given myself and my grandkids her cell number and has let us all know she will do anything in her power to help. She has called people she knows to help get my grandson into therapy quicker when I was running into closed doors and extremely long waits all the while my grandson was getting more and more out of control.

Give an example of a way this teacher has helped or impacted you or your child.
She calls me when my grandson is out of control. She meets with him every day outside of class to help him with his homework because she knows I’m at work and can’t always be here to do it.

Congratulations Jodie McNally, November’s KFM Teacher of the Month from Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Lacky Monuments, Cooks & Company, and 105.3 KFM.

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