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Katie Hilton – Grade 1

Katie Hilton

Biography

Katie was born and raised in Evanston, IL ,where most of her family continues to reside. She spends most of her free time with her family and her dog, Bo. She has two wonderful nephews who are such a big part of her life. She has found something so magical in watching a child grow and develop. This passion is not isolated to her family, but instead, she finds a sense of beauty in each young mind she works with and is continuously in awe of their unique understanding of the world around them. She has been working with children for a long time in a variety of settings and thinks teaching is by far the most exciting. Here, she gets to see children engage in play, engage with one another, and really dive deep into subjects that are exciting and fun. Teaching is powerful because you must find balance between supporting the classroom as one entity and also by paying close attention to the individual child who has needs that are not always so obvious. It is a job that keeps her mind working constantly and she is forever learning from her peers, the children, and supervisors. She finds herself lucky to be a teacher and is forever thankful that she found her passion.

Education

  • M.S. (Child Development, concentration: Infancy) Erikson Institute
  • PEL (Early Childhood Endorsement) Erikson Institute
  • Certifications: Professional Educator License LBS1, Special Education Letter of Approval, and English as a Second Language Endorsement (In Progress)

Favorite Quote

Something I like to repeat in my classrooms, “You can’t say, you can’t play” a quote from children in veteran Chicago teacher Vivian Gussin Paley

β€œIn times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”

― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

I teach because I cherish children and their minds. I hope to impact them in positive ways to help them become reflective, caring, thoughtful, investigators of the world. I hope to share with them great literature with powerful illustrations and interesting words. I hope to encourage them to see patterns and understand math with a strong foundation in number sense. I hope to instill an excitement for the academic environment. I hope to support them in meaningful ways and to provide them a calming, caring learning environment.

Why Roycemore?

I am absolutely thrilled to be teaching at Roycemore. Here, I see all the best practice theory I have recently learned in action! It is incredible to watch the community come together to solve problems, to think thoroughly about kids and provide each student with a stellar education. The first graders blow me away with their inventiveness, their question asking, their investigating, and their overall thoughtfulness. I am grateful for every moment I get to spend with these amazing children, families, and staff.