Degrees and Certifications:
Education and Certifications: Bachelor of Arts (English and Social Work): Albion College Masters in the Art of Teaching plus Social Studies (RX) Teaching Endorsement: Aquinas College Proefssional Teaching Certificate Earned + Reading Assessment and Diagnosic Course Add+ VantageMR (AVMR) Course 1: dynamic, diagnostic, individual assessments in number words and numerals, structuring numbers and addition and subtraction strategies. Add+ VantageMR (AVMR) Course 2: deepening participant knowledge and understanding of the mathematical development for all students. Focused on the development of understanding of student learning to facilitate student advancement in place value and multiplication and division. High Quality Mathematics Instruction at the Elementary Level (MSU): learning and implementation of high-level tasks in the mathematics classroom with the goal of increasing student engagement and discourse around mathematics. Small Group Literacy Instruction
Mrs. Katie Swords
Hello First Grade Families,
Welcome to the bear class! This year is going to be full of growth, learning, and fun!
I feel so lucky to be a part of the Wilkshire team of amazing teachers. I have taught kindergarten and first grade in the Lansing School District as well as at Morrice Area Schools. I live locally with my husband, John, my two high schoolers, Johnny and Maggie, and our dog Frankie.
Some of the things I love are reading, spending time with my family, being outside, hiking, running, and (my favorite activity) skiing! My favorite color is blue. I love dogs and bears!
I believe open frequent communication between home and school is the key to our success. Please feel free to reach out to me whenever you have a question. Email is usually the easiest way to get a hold of me during the school day. Please know I will reply as soon as possible. I am here to support your child and family in any way that I can.
I am excited to get to know everyone. We are going to have an AWESOME year!