Name: Katherine Clark
School: Daniels Run Elementary School
Grade/Subject: 2nd Grade Teacher
How long have you been a teacher? This is my third year teaching. I have taught second grade at DRES all three years.
What is your favorite lesson of the year? When we get the Monarch butterfly larva. It is such an amazing experience for the kids to see the larva grow and go through all of their stages. The students get to apply everything they have learned throughout the year in science and it provides a hands-on experience which is great for all learners! It is fun to name each larva, feed them, and then release them into the wild when they have completed their transformation into a butterfly!
What do you like most about your school? I think I truly have the most amazing school out there. Our administrative staff acts as if each and every student is their own. They are extremely good at what they do and are nothing but supportive to their teachers. Daniels Run has great resources and amazing resource teachers to support those programs. I really enjoy our science lab and how ecofriendly our school is. I also love how friendly and supportive the staff members are to each other, it is like one giant family!
Why do you like this grade (best thing about this age of students) I absolutely love the age students are in second grade. It is amazing what an impact you can have on them as learners. I love that I can help to shape them both socially and academically and that I can truly make a difference in how they view school and learning!
One tip for parents: Ask your child what they learned each day. Take the time to read with them each night and make them feel valued. Stress the fact that “I can’t” should not be part of their vocabulary. Each child is capable of doing anything they put their mind to!
5 Quick Q&A
Favorite book? Any Nicholas Sparks novel
College/University attended? James Madison University
If you could be another profession, what would it be? I’ve wanted to be a teacher ever since I was in elementary school so I can’t even imagine another profession!
Favorite place to travel? There are so many places I would love to travel to in the future. For right now I would have to say my favorite vacation spot is any island in the Caribbean.
Favorite thing to do on weekends? Spend quality time with my family and friends!