Royal Spotlight: Katie Stennes

Royal Spotlight: Katie Stennes
Katie Stennes smiles for a photo.

Katie Stennes holds several important roles in Hopkins — she is in a teacher leadership role, is a mom to two scholars at Eisenhower Elementary's Chinese immersion program, and she lives in the district.

“I love being part of such a caring, supportive, and forward-thinking community,” Stennes said. “And I adore the students. They never cease to amaze me.”

Stennes is part of a group who has been leading the sixth grade transition to the junior highs — a change that will occur next school year. She said she has been energized by the work.

“Making this transition as we look towards Vision 2031 gives us a unique opportunity to tailor our program to the unique needs of our middle-level students in the context of our rapidly changing world,” Stennes said.

Q: What excites you about Vision 2031?
We’ve created this bold, audacious goal of truly disrupting and dismantling systems that have been entrenched for so long. It is certainly challenging work, but it brings with it this great potential to craft our education system in a way that enriches the lives of the students, staff, and families in our community.

Q: A proud moment that made you feel great about doing your job?
The time I spent with students in the spring of 2020 will always stick with me. While teaching during various stages of the pandemic stand out in different ways, connecting with my students during those first uncertain weeks of distance learning is a strangely positive memory because it brought us together in a different way.

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