Katie Cairns

Katie Cairns

3rd Grade Co-Teacher

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Greetings! This is my 17th year teaching in Oak Park District 97. I have degrees in Education and English Literature from Dominican University as well as a masters in Reading Instruction from Concordia Univeristy. Building relationships and community in my classroom is my passion. Learning comes when students feel safe, respected, and loved! I live in LaGrange Park with my family, including our beloved Chocolate Lab, Champ! My son is 15 and a freshman at Lyons Township High School. We are a baseball family and our days are filled with travel team tournaments or high school team games! We LOVE it!

What is co-teaching?

Our classroom is a co-taught model. My co-teacher is Ms. Linsey Kiska. Inclusion is about every learner in our classroom being valued and seen as an important member of the school! As educators, we make sure that each student feels socially connected and welcomed in the classroom and in the school. Inclusion means honoring the social needs of students as well as their academic needs and treating all members of the school community with dignity and respect.

Co-teaching has been adopted by most of the schools in District 97 due to its multitude of benefits. In co-taught classrooms, teachers get to collaborate in lesson design and capitalize on the experience of two professionals with different areas of expertise. In addition, this model will allow us to teach using a much wider variety of lesson formats. For example, we will have daily math and reading WIN time (WIN = “What I Need”) Because there are two teachers, we will be able to work with students in smaller groups to meet the individualized needs of our third graders.

We belive that combining a great collaboration model with high-quality inclusive schooling practice is the best of the best and I am thrilled to be a part of this adventure at Lincoln School in Oak Park!