Teacher of Year to address parents, caregivers

Katy Smith, 2011 winner of Education Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year, will address parents and caregivers in Elk River on what they can do to ensure young children enter kindergarten ready to learn and be successful.

It’s all part of a Getting Ready to Read and Write: School Readiness Begins at Birth seminar that will be Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Handke Center.

It will start at 8:30 a.m. with a light breakfast and resource tables, followed by a Smith’s presentations from 9 to 11 a.m. Resource tables will be available from 11 a.m. to noon.

Childcare will be available. To register, call….

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Walk-ins will be welcome.

“For many years, I have been inspired and challenged by a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt to “Do one thing every day that scares you,” Smith states.

For nearly 30 years, her vocation has been working side by side with families, educators, and business professionals helping to connect people and build stronger, more vital communities.

“People inspire me and help drive my educational and career choices,” she says.

She has a BSW and teaching license in parent education from Winona State University in Winona and her Masters of Education from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse.

“My diverse work takes me to schools, churches, community centers, businesses, conventions and conferences,” Smith states. “A great day at work includes speaking to small or large groups of people who like to learn and love a good laugh.  I believe that people learn best when they are engaged in a powerful story that challenges their thinking and touches their emotions.

Smith lives in Winona with her husband and an old cat. Together, they raised three daughters.