Mrs. Jackie McDermott - Title I Teacher


Mrs. McDermott
Title 1 Teacher

This is my eleventh year teaching in the Cedar Rapids School district and my seventh year at Grant Wood Elementary as a title one teacher.  I am so proud to be a Griffin! I earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Iowa and a master's degree in literacy education from the University of Northern Iowa.  I love to run, kayak, read, travel, and spend time with family and friends.  I also love to cheer on the Hawkeye football and basketball teams. One of my favorite quotes is "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." by Margaret Fuller.


Thanks to all who attended Books, Bagels, and Bananas!


On March 19th we held our Books, Bagels, and Bananas Family Event and 60 families were able to join our staff to celebrate literacy. Our theme was asking and answering questions while reading. Each child chose two books to take home, decorated a banana bookmark, assembled a question cube to use when they read at home, and many students won door prizes including games like Scrabble and Charades. Everyone seemed to have a great time and it was both fun and informational. If you were unable to attend this year, we would love to see your family there next year!



Barnes & Noble Night: Celebrating Veterans a success!


“Barnes and Noble Night: Celebrating Veterans” was a very special evening. 55 families attended our family event on November 11th and they took home lots of books to read!! Families listened to veterans and parents read stories about bravery and enjoyed moving patriotic performances by the fourth grade singers and the Hawkeye Marching Band Alumni.  There was such a great response to the Literacy and Veteran’s Day celebration that we already booked the date for next year.