Kathryn Spotts has always loved reading young adult books, so it is no wonder she has found a passion for helping middle-school scholars discover their love for reading. She cares less for the big-box fantasy novels and more prefers classics like Are You There God? It ’s Me Margaret by Judy Bloom, Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson or Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.
Kathryn loves teaching in part because she is challenged to develop a wide variety of skills. In a single day she might design a poster, teach scholars about a new novel and support the socio-emotional development of scholars. The best part is that she never has to do any of it alone. “My colleagues at HCP have an immense love and respect for each other,” Kathryn said. “I love to have people in my classroom. I am not afraid to be observed because I know that they are going to push me to be the best teacher for my scholars.”
Her class isn’t only about rigor. A couple of years ago Kathryn created a game for scholars who were learning punctuation. If they forgot to capitalize a word or put punctuation at the end of a sentence, scholars had to dance at the end of class. “Needless to say we ended up having a giant dance party,” she said.
In her free time, Kathryn likes to run, play ball with her 17-month-old son and check out new breweries in the area. She is also an avid reader of Mormon housewife blogs, but not because she actually wants to BE a Mormon housewife. “I’m just so fascinated with the crafty life that I will never have!”