Cool School Teacher: Kathy McLendon

Cool School

She loves to have fun with her students, and will do whatever it takes to create that connection and bring engagement to learning.  Kathy McLendon, a first grade teacher at James Island Elementary is our Cool School teacher of the week.

Mrs. McLendon has been in the classroom 38 years.  Most of those years were in fourth grade.  Seven years ago, she started teaching first grade.  She says being a Cool Teacher means to reach out to all. Never think you know it all, reach out, want more, ask questions, seek advice, and listen.  Mrs. McLendon says she enjoys sometimes having to look or sound silly to grab her students’ attention.  “It really is the best award that I could ever receive.  It’s an accolade I can not begin to say thank you so much, says Mrs. McLendon. “At the end of the day, these children, these children, these children.  What can you do to make them successful, and you have to find a way to reach every child and no matter what it takes what you have to do.. you  will find that way.”  First-grade student Charlie Card says, “She teaches well. She’s just cool.”

Thirty-eight years of dedication, passion, learning, and she’s still going strong.  Congratulations Mrs. Kathy McLendon!

Coming up Friday, we’ll present Mrs. McLendon with our first Cool School Teacher award.

Does your child attend a Cool School or have a Cool Teacher?   If so, let us know. Send an email to Octavia with your nominations to

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