Katherine “Katie” Zak, a first-grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary, has been selected as the Wentzville School District Teacher of the Year for 2017-2018.
Candidates are judged on their ability to inspire and educate students of all backgrounds and abilities, as well as their ability to lead and inspire their colleagues.
“I am very grateful,” Zak said. “There are so many teachers deserving of this distinction. I am the teacher I am because of all the amazing teachers I have had the benefit of working with and learning from.”
Zak has worked for the Wentzville School District since 2005. She said her philosophy of teaching is based on three precepts: all children are good, all children can learn, and all children can be successful.
Lakeview Elementary Principal Doug Holler said Zak is a team player who is committed to seeing her students grow. “Mrs. Zak meets each of her students at their own learning level and challenges them to learn and grow. She is patient, kind and compassionate, and she makes learning fun and relevant.”
As the winner of the District Teacher of the Year, Zak now is eligible to compete at the regional and state level in the Missouri Teacher of the Year program, which is conducted annually by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in conjunction with the National Teacher of the Year program.