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Mrs. Kate Perschon
Hello 7th grade parents!
My name is Kate Perschon and I am so excited to work with your student this year as their Exceptional Learners Resource teacher! I look forward to providing your child with an environment that is accepting, individualizing, and empowering. Above anything else, I want your child to have a happy and positive experience in seventh grade.
I want to tell you a little about myself and my background. This is my 18th year teaching but my fifth year as a Special Educator. I’ve spent most of my teaching years here in Crown Point, with experience in grades 1,2,4,5, 6, and 7. This is my fifth year at Wheeler, and before that I taught at Timothy Ball Elementary.
Personally, I have been married for 16 years. My husband, Rob, and I have two sons- Drew, 12, and Ben, 10. We live in St. John. Besides teaching, my other interests include reading, spending time with my extended family, playing all kinds of board and card games, researching my ancestry, visiting museums and other fun places with my kids, being in nature, and listening to live music. I am also passionate about raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer and assisting local families who have a child with cancer. My family proudly manages the Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids (NICK) Foundation, which we founded in honor of my son Drew, who is a cancer survivor. I attended Purdue University where I graduated with honors in May 2001 with degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology. I added a degree in Special Education in 2014.
I thoroughly enjoy my career in Special Education for so many reasons. I have always enjoyed working with my students who didn’t always learn in a conventional way, watching them blossom, and soaking up the moments when they did something new, seemingly unattainable, or remarkable. I wanted that feeling all the time. I also discovered that I loved working with small groups of students and being a resource for my colleagues. I realized I could achieve all of my favorite parts of teaching by pursuing Special Education. I have also learned (both as a teacher and a mother) that each child is very different and has very different needs and gifts. I want to be able to unlock those needs and gifts in all learners.
I hope that we all have the chance to work together as educational partners for your child this year. I am fully committed to having an open line of communication between us, as that will be an important part of success this year. Please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, or other comments you may have throughout the school year. I will also be in touch with you regularly. E-mail is my preferred method of communication. Thank you, and best wishes for a successful year!
(219) 663-2173 x13222