“It’s unbelievable how many things I remember learning in kindergarten,” said new St. John Lutheran School teacher Katelyn Hauf, adding what made her first school experience such a memorable one was the teacher. “She had such a positive impact on me. When you were in her class she really made you feel worthy of her time.”
Growing up as the daughter of educators, Katelyn Hauf had no intention of following in the footsteps of her parents, but as she matured Hauf realized how much she enjoyed working with children.
So, after graduating from high school in 2008, Hauf entered Martin Luther College in New Ulm where she earned her degree in elementary education.
“I graduated this past spring,” said Hauf, who is teaching first and second graders at St. John Lutheran School in Redwood Falls this year.
Hauf actually started her own education in New Ulm where her dad was teaching, and she said her kindergarten teacher at that school really made an impression on her.
“It’s unbelievable how many things I remember learning in kindergarten,” said Hauf, adding what made her first school experience such a memorable one was the teacher. “She had such a positive impact on me. When you were in her class she really made you feel worthy of her time.”
After leaving Minnesota for Wisconsin, which is where Hauf finished her primary and secondary education, she opted to further her learning by returning to Minnesota to become a teacher.
Hauf admitted as a student she was not all that fond of reading, but as she continued to grow in her own education she began to see just how important it is to being successful.
Now reading has become her passion, and she is excited to have the opportunity to help students learn this fundamental part of their education.
“Everything they do in school is based on being able to read,” Hauf said.
As part of her college experience, Hauf had the opportunity to take part in field experiences that allowed her to teach various age groups, but she said that chance to help the youngest students as they begin their education is what led to the decision to pursue the elementary focus of her education degree.
Hauf had the opportunity to teach in a public school as part of her college education, and in the end she said she decided the chance to teach in a private Christian school was what she wanted.
“I love being able to share God’s word with them,” she said, adding the spiritual portion of their education is very important as they grow.
Hauf said as a teacher it is her goal to help the students academically, but just as important for her is the opportunity she has to let the kids know she cares about them and is there for them.
Hauf said after graduating from college, the synod made the decision to send her to Redwood Falls.
“They look to see what is the best fit,” she said, adding she does feel as if she is fitting in well in the local school.
Hauf admitted as a new teacher there have been challenges, adding, however, there have been rewards, too, and she is glad to be in her position at St. John Lutheran School.
When she is not molding the minds of students, Hauf said she enjoys sports, especially playing volleyball.