Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Kathryn Smith
My name is Ms. Kathryn Smith, and I am looking forward to my second year at Painted Sky Elementary as a 5th Grade Teacher. I have lived in Arizona for 30 years in various locations, and I am loving life in Oro Valley. I feel very fortunate to have your child in my classroom and look forward to a fabulous year with all of my students.
Defining Moment in my Education:
I was blessed with so many wonderful teachers who believed in me and helped me succeed. I bring that same attitude to my students and look forward to seeing them learn and grow as they prepare for Middle School.
Core Educational Beliefs:
Every student is capable of learning. Every student has many wonderful talents and skills. By helping them discover and develop their talents and skills, I hope to instill in them a love of learning, life-long learning.
After two successful careers as a business owner and in the corporate world, I decided to pursue my passion and become a Teacher. I have enjoyed teaching in several states including Arizona, Montana, and Hawaii. I have taught students in the fourth through eighth grades and call upon those experiences to help my fifth-grade students.
Education Degrees & Certifications:
The University of Montana, BA, Elementary Education
K - 8 Certification
Singapore Math Certified Trainer
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence RULER trained
NOAA SEA Grant, Teaching Science Through Inquiry trained
Hawaii Arts First Institute, Collaborative Residency Program
Why I am committed to Painted Sky:
I have found the most wonderful parents and students as Painted Sky! This place is more than a school, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.
Hobbies and Interests:
Fly fishing, hiking, bicycling, music, reading, and students