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Ms. Hardy is one of our Math teachers at McDowell Academy for Innovation.

She attended college first at North Carolina State University and received her Bachelor's degree in Science and Agricultural Economics. Mrs. Hardy also has a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education Mathematics from Shepherd University. She was awarded a Masters of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Shepherd University as well. 

Ms. Hardy started work in education as a substitute teacher and loved it.  Then she decided to go back to school to become a Math teacher. Her passion for Math is very obvious if you are in her class and she loves teaching critical thinking with problem solving to students.  Her love of the subject and a rigorous push for excellence combine to create a challenging classroom environment that is supportive at the same time. Students gravitate towards Ms. Hardy and love that she pushes them to excellence, just like a second parent would do.   

Some activities that Ms. Hardy participated in school were softball, chorus, and band where she played the clarinet.  She is still very musical and plays hand-bells with a group from her church. She also sang and participated in a choir group that performed at Carnegie Hall.  Mrs. Hardy is quite the knitter. She enjoys making gloves, hats and sweaters, and you will often see her teaching students during knitting club at school.      

Ms. Hardy moved to NC from Maryland three years ago. She has grown to love the state and is a huge NC State Football fan.  She likes all kinds of music, but her favorite is Christian music. She likes reading mystery/thriller novels and her favorite movies are Facing The Giants, Apollo 13, and any Christmas movie. Her favorite holiday is Christmas, where she gets to spend time with her family. 

Overall, Ms. Hardy is one of the hardest working teachers at MAI and she leads students to greatness in her classroom.  If you get the pleasure to be in her class, expect to work hard and truly learn to think outside the box.