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Teacher Feature: Katrina Hallman

Role at ESD

sixth and seventh grade history teacher

Date Started

August 25, 2022

What's your favorite class/project?

My favorite class is 7th grade World Cultures. One of my favorite projects is the Model United Nations project. I really enjoy this project because the students represent a country and then have to learn about current issues and problems in that country. Students come up with unique solutions for that problem and then try to get other countries to agree to help them. It is a great way to learn how to research, problem-solve, and then debate to get your point across.

What's your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the study commons. I love it because it is a lively meeting place for teachers and students. There is always a lot of positive energy there. I also love the coziness that the fireplace creates and looking out onto the quarry from there is always a beautiful thing.

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I work part-time for the Medal of Honor Society and their Character Development Program. This program allows me to travel all over the country, and I get to teach other teachers about the Medal of Honor. so they can share the importance of the Medal of Honor with their students.

What do you love most about ESD?

What I love most about ESD are the people. We have some of the best educators here at ESD. Everyone really cares about the community here. I get really excited when I hear about all of the cool opportunities our students have and the learning that is going on in all of the classes. Our students are pretty cool too!

Please share about your recent professional development experience.

This past summer, Sheela Thomas (eighth grade History) and I traveled to central Europe to Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary. We learned so much about life in Central Europe during and after WWII and the Cold War. We traveled with a group of other teachers from all over the US. It was an awesome two weeks of hands-on history that I will never forget.

How do you plan to bring back what you learned to the ESD community?

Mrs. Thomas and I shared our travel experience during chapel with the middle school, and we also talked about the importance of travel with the ESD Community after school in October and with the History and Religion department. We are going to share with the upper school during their chapel in February. My 7th grade classes are just starting our unit on Europe, so I can't wait to share my learnings with them.