I am so honored to be able to work and live in this incredible school district! My name is Kate Walther and I am the Instructional Coach at Oak Trace Elementary.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Butler University in 2002 and my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Ball State University in 2008. My teaching career began in Avon where I taught first grade for two years before moving to Westfield. Oak Trace has been my home for the past 14.5 years, teaching 2nd grade for 8 years, kindergarten for 5 years, and now in the second year of my current role as Instructional Coach.
My husband and I live in Westfield with our four children ages 10, 8, 6, and 4! Experiencing WWS through the eyes and mind of a teacher as well as a parent gives me a very valuable perspective that helps guide my work. I take it very seriously that the children we work with are somebody’s whole world! My husband and I live in Westfield with our 4 children ages 10, 8, 6, and 4! Experiencing WWS through the eyes and mind of a teacher as well as a parent gives me a very valuable perspective that helps guide my work. I take it very seriously that the children we work with are somebody’s whole world!
Together with an amazing and creative team of educators, we are committed to the C.L.A.S.S. model: Connecting Learning Assures Successful Students with collaboration skills, brain research, and character education. The work of embedding social-emotional learning throughout our school day and the reality that SEL skills are necessary for kids to be successful readers, writers, mathematicians, etc. is at the forefront of everything we do. Believing that SEL skills along with academics are what students need to be successful throughout their school career and beyond is why our school is rooted so deeply in C.L.A.S.S.
One of the best & most important parts of my role as Instructional Coach is being able to partner with teachers to help our students grow! A highlight of this year has been working alongside teachers and students to set goals as readers! Seeing our students taking ownership in their reading growth and communicating their goals with others is something special! Interested in learning more? Follow me on twitter: @KateWaltherOTES