2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School Teacher of the Year

Second Grade Teacher Kathryn Schroeder


Kathryn Schroeder
Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School
Second Grade

How are you working to increase equity in education and opportunity for students in your school?
I am an active member in the Problem Solving Team. I help teachers with interventions for behavior using my background working as a Resource teacher. There are several students whose behavior improved once the interventions that the team recommended were put in place.

What message about public education do you want to share?
A major public education issue that I am passionate about is student discipline. I believe that there are better ways to deal with student misbehavior. We need to teach students how to behave. If a student doesn’t understand how to add, we reteach addition. The same should be done for behavior. On top of that, if a student receives In School or Out of School Suspension, that student is not where they need to be, in the classroom learning. I always tell my students that their place is in my classroom preparing for their future.