Hello! My name is Katherine Finley and I am so excited to be joining Jahn this year as your fourth grade teacher! Since before I can remember I've always wanted to be a teacher, as I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and enjoying bringing this excitement to my students.
I am originally from northeast Ohio and am a Buckeye at heart. I attended Miami University, where I made connections that brought me to Chicago four years ago. Although this will be my first year in Chicago Public Schools, I taught third grade for 4 years in a neighboring private school. I am currently persuing an ESL endorsement that I hope will allow me to utilize a variety of strategies to reach a diverse student body.
When I am not teaching you can find me running- I'm currently training for the Chicago Marathon! I also enjoy listening to live music, trying new restaurants, cozying up with a good book, traveling, watching & playing sports, and relaxing with family and friends.
I am looking forward to an awesome year where I will challenge students to persevere through challenges, and look forward to celebrating many successes. You can expect to see projects and learning integrated with the arts, as well as learning that is meaningful and applicable to children's interests and life outside of the classroom. My door is always open! Please know that I am here to help you and your child have the best year yet!