Name: Katie Gilge
Teaches: First grade at Shamrock Springs Elementary
Number of years teaching: Three
Education: Firestone High School (Akron, Ohio) and B.S. in elementary education from John Carroll University (University Heights, Ohio).
Why did you become a teacher? Education has always been very important to me, but during college I realized that it is my passion. I believe that all children have a right to the best education possible. Each and every child should be provided with the support needed in order to reach his/her full potential, and I want to be there to provide that support. I also believe that children should love learning. I am determined to make learning fun for every student in order to foster that love of learning within them and create lifelong learners.
What goals do you have for your students? I want my students to become lifelong learners and develop pride in their work. It is my responsibility to provide differentiated instruction and variety in my classroom. Through variety, my students will be able to learn in their own ways and will be given the opportunity for ownership of their learning. They will learn how to use self-evaluation as a means to recognize their strengths along with areas they need to work on. I want my students to be motivated and interested, which means I need to provide authentic experiences and situations that connect to their lives. Overall, I want each student to reach his/her full potential in a classroom that promotes excellence, equality, team work, a love of learning and acceptance.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? I feel that a great relationship between the teacher, staff, students and families is essential for each child to do his/her best. Students need to know there is communication between school and home and know that the two are connected. I believe parents need to be willing to work with their child on weaknesses at home with support from the school. Learning, as important as it is, needs to happen both at school and at home.
Favorite movie: Elf
Favorite musician, composer, or band: Eric Whitacre
What’s something your students might not know about you? During high school, I received awards such as best soloist, best female soloist and best performer.