Katie AbarrGrade 3 Teacher
At WES Since: 2022
What excites you about teaching?
I am so excited to be a part of creating an atmosphere of community learning. It is important that students recognize that they are also teachers. No one is the expert in the room, and we can all learn and grow with each other.
Why did you become a teacher?
Teaching is my second career, and I felt driven to be in a field where my effort and passion counted every moment. The impact of love, care, and education from adults when I was young changed my life. And I hope I can do that for some of the beautiful children who pass through my classroom.
I have nine years of experience teaching primary grade levels and ESOL at independent schools all over the world, including Chadwick International School (South Korea), the Australian International School Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and the Escola Americana de Belo Horizonte (Brazil). I’ve also served as the sustainability coordinator for the Australian International School, where I authored the school’s sustainability policy and designed and maintained a student garden, among other activities. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and a certificate in elementary education from Moreland University. In my spare time I enjoy being active outdoors and spending time with my family!