Kate Monteith

What do you teach?
I teach reading, writing, math and executive functioning skills to primary, junior and intermediate students.

Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher because I love to learn and I want my students to love learning as well. I have known that I wanted to be a teacher since I was very young. I used to set up classrooms in my house and teach my stuffed animals. I love working with kids so teaching seemed like the logical career choice.

How would your students describe you?
I think my students would describe me as being fair, fun and calm. I always do my best to incorporate engaging activities into my lessons based on my student’s interests. I know that if I’m bored during a lesson, my student must certainly be bored as well.

What’s your favourite challenge to help students overcome?
My favourite challenges to help students overcome are relieving math anxiety and helping students develop or improve executive functioning skills. I remember as a student myself being very anxious about math so I always remind my students that they are capable of learning anything. Also, it’s very rewarding when students begin to implement executive functioning strategies on their own!

What’s your favourite thing about working at RRLS?
My favourite thing about working at RRLS is being able to fully individualize lessons for my students. I love that I am able to provide academic and often emotional support to students who may otherwise not receive the level of support required at school. So many students benefit from one to one support so it is great to be able to offer this.

What’s your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
My favourite way to spend an afternoon is curled up on the couch with my dog. However, I am a runner so you might also catch me on the treadmill.