Meet Katie Kaiser, one of our wonderful fifth grade teachers here at John Hay Elementary. And she's been teaching at John Hay since 2004!! Ms. Kaiser kindly agreed to be part of our Teacher Feature spot and answer our questions. Enjoy!
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Portland, OR and lived there until 4th grade, so I still have some of that lovely Portland “weird” in me. I then moved to Shelton, WA and lived there until I left for college at UW (go DAWGS!). I have been a Seattleite ever since.
Why did you choose to become a teacher?
Growing up, I wanted to be a pediatrician. After doing a job shadow of a pediatrician in college, I realized that I still really wanted to help kids, but not when they were sick and sad. I started tutoring and working in classrooms and found my home in elementary.
What's the best thing about working at John Hay?
This staff feels like family. This community supports education and puts children first. Our staff and families are inclusive and see the gifts in all students. It is a great place to be.
What's your favorite sport, food, and movie?
I LOVE watching the Olympics. I like to swim, go for walks, do yoga, play tennis, and go for a round of golf.
My favorite food is hard to choose! I love trying different cuisine from around the world, and you can’t beat peak-of-the-season fruit. I really enjoy cooking and trying to crack the recipes of my favorite restaurant dishes.
I do love movies, but my current obsession is with Hamilton the Musical!
What is your favorite children's book?
I love a lot of books, but the Harry Potter series has to be my long-time favorite.
If you could speak to yourself at age 9, what piece of advice would you give?
Your parents and teachers work really hard—all for their love of you! Appreciate them.
Thanks, Katie! We're so lucky to have had you at Hay for 13 years!!