Meet your teacher: Katie Belloli (Conrad)

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Grade/subject at what school: Innovation specialist, Westfield Intermediate School. Genius Hour Instructor, fifth and sixth grade.

Number of years teaching: Four

Background/schooling (college and high school):

Zionsville High School

B.S. Elementary Education, Purdue University

Why did you become a teacher?

“I always loved school, reading and learning. As a teacher, I wanted to share this passion with my students.”

What goals do you have for your students?

“I want them to realize that they can do more than they ever thought. The world is a big place and students are our future. This generation is going to see more of the universe than ever before and could be going to Mars someday.”

What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills?

“Learning doesn’t have to be restricted to the walls of school. Read. Ask and answer questions. Foster curiosity and creativity. Take trips, visit museums. Help your child make the world a better place by becoming a thinker, a problem solver, a collaborator and an innovator. There’s a genius inside of all of us. We just have to find out what our particular genius is.”

Name your favorite movie:

“I love movies, so it’s difficult to pick just one, but I’d have to say ‘Apollo 13.’”

Name your favorite musician or band:

“Rascal Flatts.”

What’s something your students might not know about you?

“Je parle francais. I speak French.”


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