Third through Fifth Grade


This is my first year teaching at Ash Creek Elementary and so far, it has been an amazing experience! I taught for two years with various grades in Northern California, where I was born and raised. In July of 2020 I moved to Pearce, Arizona. It is a beautiful area, but I haven’t explored much just yet. My first week here I met Mrs. Shepard after reading one of the Ash Creek Newsletters, and now I am the 3rd-5thgrade teacher and could not be more honored.

 As a new teacher, it has been a pleasure getting know to my students and help each of them with writing, reading, math and science. I see their academic strengths and my goal is to continue building them up. I also see what each individual student needs help with and I am here in any way possible to give them the knowledge, encouragement, and push they need. One thing I firmly believe in is constant interaction in the classroom. The more class discussions, reading work out loud, creating projects together, and helping each other answer questions, the more everyone is learning. In our classroom, I treat each day as a fresh start. Students always have goals to work towards and I am right there with them, helping them achieve those moments where suddenly that math problem or grammar lesson clicks.  

The team at Ash Creek gives me more help and confidence than I could ever ask for. With all of the support I get here it feels like family and I belong here. Needless to say, I am here for the long-haul!

 One of the best decisions I can sincerely say I’ve made was driving 18 hours with my partner in crime, Karma to be here. She is my Doberman who has been with me throughout this whole journey. Both of us love it here. Going running and throwing Karma her stick is a big pastime for us. Now I get to see my grandparents all of the time, go mountain biking, meet new people, and continue this next step as a 3rd-5thgrade teacher.

 Looking forward to more experiences and years to come at Ash Creek Elementary!!

Katy Hake