Inside ECS – Kendra Wardlaw, Roosevelt STEAM Academy

For three years, Kendra Wardlaw has worked with first grade students at their level. She believes in hands-on engaging activities, and working with students in small groups. Her favorite part about teaching is working with the kids and watching them grow. She likes the close knit community around Roosevelt and enjoys seeing the kids advance through the school.

Kendra is an Elkhart native – she went to Osolo, Feeser, North Side, and Elkhart Memorial. After she graduated from Elkhart Memorial, she went to Ball State University. Following a year of teaching in South Bend, Kendra returned to Elkhart.

When asked about her inspiration to become a teacher, Kendra laughs and says her mom tells the story best, “She likes to tell stories about how my brothers would come home from school and I would take their schoolwork and insist on teaching them.”

One of Kendra’s favorite moments as a teacher was when one of her former students made a special trip to see her. This student had transferred from Roosevelt into a different school’s PEP program, but he came back to visit her on Parent-Teacher Conference night. It meant a lot to her that a student would return.

Kendra is proud of the caring, supportive team at Roosevelt, and she loves how much activity there is around the school. She is currently co-piloting a junior robotics team with ETHOS, in which she has four 1st grade teams, two 3rd grade teams, and two 4th grade teams. She hopes the early participation with robotics will help grow their interest and abilities, and help them prepare for the FIRST LEGO League in fifth grade. Kendra is also trained through code.org and incorporates coding into her first grade classroom at Roosevelt.

Outside of the classroom, Kendra enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. She also likes to read and volunteer at Faith Mission. Playing board games is another hobby for Kendra – she likes to play new games on Fridays at Griffon in South Bend.

We’re thankful for Kendra and the creative lessons she brings to the students at Roosevelt STEAM Academy!