Anaheim Ducks December 2021 Teacher of the Month

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Anaheim Ducks December 2021 Teacher of the Month


Katherine (Katie) Williams


William Howard Taft Elementary School; Riverside Unified School District

Classroom Team:

Tell us about yourself!

I am a sixth grade teacher for Riverside Unified School District. I have been teaching 11 years at a Title 1 school. I enjoy teaching science, history, coding, and health. I decided to become a teacher to help kids grow in their love for learning. I love “aha” moments, and I enjoy helping my scholars to discover all the amazing things that they are capable of accomplishing and watching their faces light up when it clicks and they “get it”. In addition to teaching during the week days, I work as a volunteer on the board for Riverside Children’s Theatre promoting arts education for children in grades K-8th grade. I am also a board member of Eden Preschool and a council member of our family church. I love spending quality time with my husband, Luke, who is also a teacher in RUSD, and my two children Emma, (6 years), and Ryan (4 years). We love attending Ducks games together whenever we can.

Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?

John Gibson #36 (Gibby) is my favorite player. 🙂 He’s amazing when it comes to goal tending and he’s one of the best goalies in the entire NHL. I’m always impressed with how many shots on goal he is able to block during a game.

What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?

I love that Future Goals is a program that is engaging for students and it targets specific areas of STEM education that we cover in my curriculum. I also love being able to relate “real world” connections to what I am teaching in class. So when we are learning about thermal energy, or states of matter, we can also connect that to the heating and cooling of ice and water molecules using the Future Goals Science program. I also gives students an opportunity to watch videos and be introduced to possible future careers.

If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?

I’d choose the goalie because they wear the most padding, and I’d be least likely to be body checked during a game.