Ms. Katie Besemer is one of Mauro Sheridan’s newest teachers. She arrived in December as a first grade teacher.
Ms. Besemer’s favorite part of the job is when she reads to her students and talks about what they read. “I love when my students share how they felt about a book and I can see the passion in their eyes.”
The students always surprise her with interesting things to talk about and her class becomes much closer when they share their thoughts and listen to each other, according to Ms. Besemer.
Ms. Besemer is just like her students too and shares her own silly moments with them. While they were doing the calendar math, Ms. Besemer was in the middle of saying somebody’s name when she burped. “The whole class started to laugh at me and I started to laugh too. All that I can say was excuse me. The class will not let me forget it. The rest of that day was very silly.”
Before coming to this school she was a MoRRI tutor for two weeks at East Rock Magnet school. Then before that she was student teaching at Nathan Hale. Prior to that, she worked as a pre-school assistant and 3rd and 5th grade afterschool program lead, at a daycare in New York while she was taking undergraduate classes.
She grew up in Upstate New York called Endicott, which is just across the border from Pennsylvania and she lived there her whole life before going to college. She went to several different universities. Her freshman year at college started as a Forensic Science major at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. The next year, she decided that forensic science and labwork was not for me, so she transferred back home to Binghamton University and studied Psychology and music.
She took a semester to study in Europe at Cumbria University in Carlisle, England. After graduating, she attended graduate school at University of New Haven to study Elementary Education. She just finished her graduate work in August 2014.
“I have never been so proud in my life than I am today as a teacher. Being a teacher has been a dream of mine for a long time and being able to see the students grow day by day is such a rewarding experience.”