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#DynamicDragons: Kelsey Hotchkiss
#DynamicDragons: Kelsey Hotchkiss
District Communications Office
Friday, March 30, 2018

Kelsey Hotchkiss is in her eighth year of teaching with the last two in the District at George Nettels as a third-grade teacher. Her passion for kids through her innovative classroom skills and being excited for her students to learn makes her one of our #DynamicDragons!

"When I was a student, I was inspired by my second-grade teacher, I remember telling my mom halfway through the second grade that I was going to be a teacher and I've never changed my mind. Feeling inspired by teachers who went above and beyond for me, I knew this was the type of difference I wanted to make for other students."

"Seeing kids who get to experience things at school who might not otherwise get to experience and find success within themselves; it's not always an academic success. Kids grow in different ways and getting to be with a student who has confidence because of something they learned or mastered at school or feels like school is a safe place to learn and grow. Watching a child have those ah-ha moments, that's I live for."

"I envisioned myself as a fourth-grade teacher because I absolutely loved that grade growing up. When I student taught, I was assigned to a second-grade classroom and loved it! Of course, like any college graduate, when they offer you a job, you sign on the line and embrace it. I then spent six years teaching first-grade and loved it, too!"

"Coming here, to George Nettels, has been great! I didn't choose third-grade; third-grade chose me and I've loved it."

"Pittsburg Community Schools places a very strong emphasis on people. We have incredible resources available to students and continue to expand those abilities to meet students' needs, whether its Communities in Schools, Community Health, para support, and additional people who are here to help students! It's amazing to me the number of people who are helping students achieve success not just educationally, but also in life."