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Ms. Amy Wangdahl

It has been said that Volunteers are the glue that holds a community together. And that adage definitely applies to today’s honoree.  Ms. Amy Wangdahl, the Board of Education is thrilled to honor you as our October 2021 Volunteer of the Month!

Whether it’s working on the PTA Facebook administrator team, managing the school mascot, chairing various PTA events or acting as Spirit Stick Chairperson, Ms. Wangdahl is, to quote Assistant Principal Sandra Nee Jackson, the “epitome of a superstar volunteer.”

Ms. Nee-Jackson is not the only one singing her praises. Literacy Teacher Jennifer Kobrin, shared “Amy is always willing to support academics by working with teachers to help their visons come to life for the benefit of students.” Fourth grade teacher, Kimberly Beasley chimed in sharing “Last year when the COVID pandemic started and schools went to virtual learning, Amy created lessons and ideas to encourage and create a sense of community for our students.  And 5th grade teachers, Rachel Sanner and Brad Absher added “She has even selflessly helped with our graduate school projects.”

PTA President Leah McCullough also heaped on praise “She is willing to help anyone in any capacity and if no one steps up to lead she is the first one on board.” Chesapeake High School PTA President Eva Reynolds added “In volunteer circles of the Chesapeake Schools cluster, I have met many amazing helpers- Amy is a brightly shining star among them!” And Jacobsville PTA Secretary Katy Myers, followed with “Not only has Amy made significant contributions of time and hard work to Bodkin, CBMS, and CHS … she's also contributed to the entire cluster with initiatives like Trunk-or-Treat.” Bodkin parent and PTA Member Jennie Bull also had much to say and emphasized how Ms. Wangdahl wears many hats and “takes on more and more because she doesn’t want the kids to miss out on a thing.”

Principal Bonnie Myers put Amy’s impact in perspective with the following.

  • Who plans a week of fun for our students during the holiday, Amy does!
  • Who organizes our mascot Buddy the Bulldog and comes to all events, Amy does!
  • Who manages the PTA Facebook and communicates all upcoming events and celebrates our students’ successes, Amy does!
  • Who created a contest each month for our students to show their creativity, Amy does!
  • Who keeps our PTA books and manages our spirit sticks, so our students are celebrated often, Amy does!

Ms. Wangdahl, you are a great asset to Bodkin Elementary, the Chesapeake High School Cluster and the entire Anne Arundel County Public Schools family, and we thank you for your service. Please accept the Volunteer of the Month bell and certificate as a symbol of our appreciation.

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