This week we caught up with 2nd grade teacher Kelly Mosteller, and she happily answered a few questions for our teacher spotlight. Here is what she shared with us!
1. Tell us about your family .
I have a wonderful husband, Jim, of almost 19 years who I can thank Mrs. Fletcher and Meadowbrook for bringing us together over 20 years ago. My son Eric is 14 years old and Kayla is 12. Eric is a Meadowbrook alum and Kayla will be graduating this coming June. I have truly been blessed to have shared so many special memories with them throughout their years at Meadowbrook. We also have two border collie dogs, Sparky and Kira.
2. What is one item on your bucket list?
Travel to Italy and Switzerland one day
3. What book are you currently reading?
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
4. Who is your mentor? Why?
My mentor dates back to my last year of college. During my student teaching experience I had an amazing cooperating teacher who taught me so many valuable lessons that I still use in my classroom today.
5. What would your superpower be?
My superpower would be to travel at the speed of light. If I had this superpower I could accomplish the things that need to be done at a faster pace and then be able to spend more time with my family and friends. It would also allow me to travel all over the world to see the many places I would love to experience, especially the two places on my bucket list.
6. What is your favorite thing about Meadowbrook?
Wow, this is a difficult question! After being at Meadowbrook for over 22 years, there are so many favorite things. One of them is that I love watching the children develop into leaders and confident students as they progress through the years. Meadowbrook gives the children so many opportunities to speak in front of others, through sharing projects in their classrooms to leading a school-wide assembly. It is one of those things that can only be built through experience.
As a mom of two little girls, Molly (5) and Emily (8 weeks), I dream constantly about the adults they will become. What will they look like? What will they do professionally? Will they be happy? Self confident? Motivated? Brave? And then the scary question… HOW DO I HELP THEM? How can I make sure they become self assured and outspoken adults who care and contribute? As a psychotherapist, who works with parents of young children, I speak daily with eager moms and dads who ask these same questions. When my own parents asked these questions themselves, they found the answer at Meadowbrook. We recognize the gift and impact of Meadowbrook’s small size, which uniquely allows each teacher to nurture each student according to his or her individual learning style and character. But successful education and child development lies not in the mission statement itself, but in how the mission is brought to life by the teacher.
In the Fall of 1988 I was new to Meadowbrook, a student in Mrs. Leiby and Mrs. Prego’s K-5 class. One day in the beginning of the school year, my best friend Vicki Freedman and I decided that the school needed a fashion show. We shared our idea with our teachers, who not only encouraged us to move forward with it, but who helped us schedule a meeting with Mr. Sarkisian, the headmaster, to discuss an all-school event. “Spring Fashions” would be a year long project for the kindergarten, culminating in a fashion show before the entire school with parents invited. Almost 30 (WOW 30?) years later I still remember “pitching” our idea to Mr. S. I remember making posters with my classmates and directing the creation of a flyer/ invitation. I remember meeting with Madame, Sandi Packel, so that Vicki and I could describe each other’s fashions in French. To my parents, the show was adorable and the process hilarious. What struck them then and me now, however, is the brilliance of the Meadowbrook culture. Two five-year-olds were encouraged to be leaders not just of their class, but in their community, and the school absolutely embraced us. Empowering children to set big goals and assume great responsibility, gently guiding them along the journey- this is how we raise our kids to become competent, caring, motivated, industrial adults. Meadowbrook’s culture is second to none in this effort.
Hilary Yolin Waller ’94
Open to the Community, Fun for All Ages
Meadowbrook, PA, April 10, 2016—On Saturday, April 16, the Meadowbrook School celebrates its fifth year hosting the ever-popular Meadowbrook School’s Run for Education. The annual event is open to the public and all ages are welcome to participate by either running or walking the course. The layout is mostly flat with gently rolling hills that is set in a quiet and picturesque suburban neighborhood near the Penn State Abington Campus. The course makes a loop, and the start and finish lines are both located in front of the Meadowbrook School.
To register online, please visit HERE or to download a registration form, please click HERE.
Participants are encouraged to pre-register before race day. Walk-ins are welcome, and should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to race time to register (on-site registration opens at 7:45 am). In addition to the main event, Meadowbrook also offers young children, ages 4 to 12, the opportunity participate in a Meadowbrook Fun Run. The kid-friendly Fun Run course is laid out on Meadowbrook’s campus. Starting times for the races are as follows:
8:30 am – Fun Run (ages 4-12)
9:00 am – 5k/2 mile walk (all ages, strollers and wagons welcome)
All proceeds for the event will benefit The Meadowbrook School, a non-profit private school fostering elementary education (preschool to 6th grade). Well prepared and eager to take on future challenges.