The Whitefish Bay School District hired 22 new teachers this year, and Whitefish Bay Patch hopes to introduce all of them to the community.
Today, we will introduce you to teacher Katie Brown.
Teaching position: I am teaching at Whitefish Bay High School in the science department. I am teaching biology and biotechnical engineering (a Project Lead the Way class). I will also be the assistant coach of the gymnastics team, as well as helping to advise the SMART Team program (a program through MSOE where students are matched with professional researchers to conduct a research project throughout the year.)
Hometown/Current community: I grew up in Whitefish Bay and attended Cumberland School, the Middle School, and then graduate from Whitefish Bay High School in 2001. I currently live in Greenfield, but I am excited to be reentering the Bay community as a staff member.
Education/Experience: After graduating from Bay, I attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison where I majored in Biology and Sociology and graduated in 2005. Then, I attended Edgewood College in Madison to earn my teaching certification. Following student teaching, I joined the Peace Corps and volunteered in Namibia, Africa for 3 1/2 years. I lived in a village in the Kalahari Desert teaching high school life science and physical science. It was an incredible experience! I returned to the U.S. in March of last year and then taught high school biology and chemistry last year.
Do you have any connection to Whitefish Bay? As a graduate of Whitefish Bay and daughter of Joanne Brown, a retired second grade teacher from Cumberland, I knew the caliber of this school district as well as the supportive feeling of the community. I was thrilled when the job opening arose here and felt it was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am honored to join the team of Whitefish Bay teachers and share my experiences with the staff and students. I am also very much looking forward to learning from the incredible wealth of knowledge and experience that Whitefish Bay teachers have to offer to new teachers.
Hobbies: My hobbies include a love of coaching gymnastics, as well as water skiing, snow skiing, biking, hiking (generally being active) and spending quality time with friends and family. The other benefit that Whitefish Bay provides me is a much closer proximity to my family and friends in the area. I have also developed an interest in cooking in the past 5 years.
Favorite place you've ever visited: My favorite vacation places would definitely be in Southern Africa. Following my Peace Corps service, I traveled in southern Africa for 2 1/2 months. Several of my favorite places and activities include going on a safari in Etosha National Park in Namibia, enjoying the sites and food in Cape Town, South Africa, snorkeling off the beaches of Tanzania and Mozambique, and rafting the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls.