Kathleen  McGrath

Saddlewood Elementary School
Ocala, Florida
Total years as a classroom teacher: 22

“The true accomplishments that a teacher cherishes are the successes of the children that she touches.” — Kathleen McGrath

Kathleen’s focus of teaching and learning in the classroom is based
on five main concepts. Every child in her class TRIES. TRIES stands for
Trust, Relationships, Involvement, Expectations, and Success.

She creates a learning environment where students feel safe to take
risks and strive to do their personal best each day. Her classroom is a
safe haven, the place where anything is possible. Learning is a natural
thing in her classroom, a challenge the students accept each day.

“She is a conscientious professional who utilizes instructional
techniques in her classroom which promotes using self-discovery,
research and exploration to achieve. She promotes student learning
through love of knowledge and ‘how’ to learn.” –Jim Warford,
Superintendent, Marion County Public Schools

“Katie McGrath motivates and involves each child she touches. She
cares about each and every student, and she works to help each child
reach their potential. She wants learning to be a real part of her
students’ lives. Her teaching electrifies students about learning,
urging them to go farther and to reach higher.” –Valori Fleetwood,
Former Student

Education

1994-96

Gifted Education Certification, Florida Southern University

1978-81

B.S. Early Childhood Ed. & Elementary Ed., Florida State University

Teaching Experience

1999- present

5th Grade, Saddlewood Elementary, Ocala, FL

1986-99

2nd Grade; 5th Grade, Hands-on Science Lab; K-5th, Gifted Resource, Shady Hill Elementary, Ocala, FL

1983-86

1st Grade, South Ocala Elementary, Ocala, FL

1980-83

1st Grade, Reddick-Collier Elementary, Reddick, FL

Special Recognition

2002

Governor’s Educational Leadership Summit on Reading

2001

National Board Certification

2001

Florida State University Distinguished Alumni

2001

Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, “Symposium For Early Career Teachers”

1999

Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, “Brain Compatible Learning”

1996

Florida League of Teachers

1996

Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching

1993

Air Force Education Foundation Citation

1992

Golden Apple Academy

1992

Marion County Teacher of the Year

1992

Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, “Hands-On Science Lab”

1989

NASA Education Workshop for Elementary School Teachers (NEWEST)

1988

Ocala/Marion County Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator