Katie Spitz is a Fourth Grade Lead Teacher at Alma’s Frederick Douglass Campus.
What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?
I love Alma’s welcoming environment. I will never forget the day I received a “love letter” from Alma telling me all my strengths as an educator and why I would be a good fit for the community. That “love letter” boosted my confidence and made me feel valued as an educator. I am excited to continue my teaching career at Alma and enhance my skills!
What do you hope to contribute to Alma?
I want to bring joy and positivity to everyone around me. I want to create a warm and loving classroom environment for my students.
What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?
My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Kenney. I really struggled with math in the fourth and fifth grade. and it would make me so frustrated I would cry. She was so patient with me and helped me overcome my fear of solving problems on my own. I left her class with more confidence in myself and a better understanding of math!
Why did you become involved in education?
I always knew I would become a teacher. I used to teach my brother how to read and write when we were younger. I have a passion for working with kids and helping them reach their full potential.
Where did you go to college or post-secondary school?
I received my BA in Psychology from UMass Boston. I have my Masters in Elementary Education from Eastern Nazarene College. I also have my Masters in Effective Teaching from Sposato Graduate School.
What did you like about your college?
Sposato and Eastern Nazarene College both had small and welcoming communities. I enjoyed creating friendships with fellow teachers. I also loved being able to do live teaching courses with Sposato – Shout out to Marilyn Urban for coaching me through those courses!
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What is your favorite book?
Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Building Teams and Winning at the Highest Level by Michael Lombardi