•      HOLA               BIENVENIDOS

    Welcome to Valley Park Elementary.

    Katherine Smith

       Elementary Spanish Teacher

             This is my nineteenth year teaching Spanish with the Blue Valley School district.  I was born in Lawrence, Kansas but I grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. After graduating from high school I got my BS from the University of Minnesota. I spent two years in Honduras with the Peace Corps where I decided that I would like to get my masters degree in Bilingual Education. I went to the University of Arizona to further my education. When I graduated I got a teaching job in Phoenix, Arizona teaching third grade.  I moved to Kansas to be closer to family.  I worked two years for the Kansas City Missouri school district as a sixth grade Language Arts/Social Studies teacher.  My introduction to the Blue Valley School District was as a para professional at Indian Valley.  The next year I joined the FLES team, made up of 6 teachers to teaching foreign language in the elementary schools.  We now have an elementary foreign language teacher in each of the Blue Valley elementary schools.