Kathie Fansler » Welcome to First Grade!!

Welcome to First Grade!!

I am delighted to spend my days helping children grow into confident readers, problem-solvers, and thinkers.   I am a lifelong learner, and I believe in the power of ideas, persistence, growth, and connection.  I have been teaching first grade at the Arts Based School since 2015. I have grown as a teacher over nearly two decades of classroom experience in private, public, and charter schools working with learners in Kindergarten through eighth grade.  In my career, I have also enjoyed teaching at the college level.  I studied science, math, and history before earning my master's degree in education.  I continue my educational journey by researching motivation and learner identity, and I am currently working on a book about teaching reading and writing.  I am an experienced Orton Gillingham tutor.  In my spare time, I enjoy quilting, writing, playing music, and traveling to national parks for hiking, biking, and kayaking adventures. I live in the mountains with my husband and faithful companion, Lucy, and enjoy frequent visits from my children and grandchildren who live nearby.