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Katie Cunningham's Bio

"Be silly. Be honest. Be kind." 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hi, everyone!
My name is Katie Cunningham. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and moved to Fort Collins, CO in 2014 to complete my undergraduate degree at Colorado State University. I graduated with my bachelor's degree in English Education in 2018. I was a substitute teacher as well as a kickboxing instructor before I got my full time position this year here at STEM. In addition to tackling my first year of teaching, I am also pursuing my master's degree in English Literature from ASU Online. I will complete this degree in May 2020 and I plan to go on and pursue my doctorate in English Literature in the near future.
At STEM, I teach 8th, 9th, and 10th grade English/ Language Arts. I also serve as one of the advisors for STEM High School Student Government.
In my (very limited) free time, I enjoy exploring used book stores, sitting in rainy coffee shops, and exercising as much as I possibly can. I am an Orange Theory addict and am in the process of completing my National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certification so I can coach there on occasion. 
My teaching philosophy is simple: I want to do anything and everything I can to make my students feel engaged, supported, and loved. I know English is not everyone's favorite subject, especially at a school that specializes in STEM field classes. I want my enthusiasm for my subject to infect my students and get them excited for things that they may not be normally excited for. I believe in establishing an open-minded and accepting space in my classroom, a place where students feel comfortable failing. I believe in multifaceted approaches to assessment as well as fluidity and adaptability within my lesson plans to help meet students where they are.