Meet Kate Krieger Educator. Mentor. Leader.

Compelled by a love of learning and equipped with a heart to serve others, I entered the field of education looking for ways to share my experiences with others. I embrace change, seeing it as an opportunity to grow. I build on people's strengths as I support them on the road to reach their goals.

PHilosophy oN education

I believe that it is not enough just to teach reading; teachers have to instill a love of reading in students. Additionally, I believe that a strong reading curriculum focuses on and assesses all five components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Students co-created a vocabulary wall where they integrated visuals to aid in recalling the meaning of the vocabulary.

I believe writing needs to be integrated throughout the content areas and language standards embedded in, not isolated from, writing instruction. Of equal importance is that students feel safe in a community of writers so that they can develop a strong voice and express themselves in a variety of writing styles and share their creations with each other for feedback.

Anchor chart co-created in a 5th grade writing lesson
Students created models of boxes to develop a conceptual understanding of volume.

I believe educators need to build a strong conceptual understanding of mathematics for our students through the use of manipulatives, not only in elementary years but also in secondary education. Students need to discuss math strategies with their peers daily. Finally, mathematics needs to be real for our students. Therefore, teachers need to make application to real life contexts when teaching mathematics.

Students use strategies that build conceptual understanding before moving to algorithms.

Science instruction should be hands-on and inquiry-based, guiding our students on their path to becoming critical thinkers with a burning desire to know the answers to their questions.

Students create boats to learn more about buoyancy.

I believe that social studies instruction plays an important role in the education of children. Through this content, we as educators can facilitate discussions on what it truly means to be a citizen of a country. I support the latest in social studies instruction which focuses on inquiry-based learning, gathering and evaluating of evidence from primary and secondary sources, and collaborative discussions about current issues in society.

Kindergarten morning meeting letter at St. John's Lutheran School

I believe in using cooperative learning structures throughout the day to encourage student discourse. It is in that discourse that peers can challenge each other's thinking and reflect on their own learning.

Students discussed various strategies to solve a math problem.

I believe in a balanced integration of technology in all classes. From the core subject areas to specials and extracurricular activities, students should have access to technology so that they can create artifacts of their learning. Technology should not be merely a substitution for paper-pencil activities. Rather, technology should be a tool that opens the door to students making their innovative ideas come to life. Read more about my philosophy below.

Tool used to support students who want to share work via QR code.
I taught kindergarten for four years. I believe in building a strong foundation in the early childhood years with hands-on experiences in which students construct their own understanding of the world around them.

TAKING MY PHILosophy Abroad

In 2012, I served as an English teacher in Kesennuma, Miyagi, Japan, an area hit by the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. I was able to implement best practices for teaching English language learners in this context.

Throughout this opportunity, I was reminded of the value of having a growth mindset. Japanese adults were eager to continue learning no matter how old they were or how challenging the English language!

Passionate about education, I ventured to Malawi, Africa in 2013 to train teachers on best practices for special education.

I worked with five others to develop a five day workshop which gave Malawians an overview of common disabilities and strategies for teaching individuals with those disabilities.

Volunteers learned about using visual aids to enhance story telling.

I was able to use my experience designing professional development to implement strategies for instructing adults.

Despite limitations in materials, many volunteers were trained and continue to carry out the much needed work of teaching today.

Teachers shared ideas of ways to teach Malawians with disabilities.

Through this experience, I learned the value of collaboration, perseverance, and building relationships.

One community of volunteers who were eager to learn showed us how much can be done with so little.

Life-Long Learner

  • Martin Luther College, Bachelor's in Elementary Education, Science Emphasis
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College, Student Motivation
  • Cardinal Stritch University, Instructional Coaching Certification
  • University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, coursework in Art & Psychology
  • Martin Luther College, Master's in Curriculum and Instruction

Instructional Leader

I have served for four years as a mentor to beginning teachers. In this time, I have designed and facilitated a variety of professional development opportunities to meet the needs of new and veteran teachers, mentors, and educational leaders. Recently, I was a cooperating teacher for an Alternative Routes to License program. In this program, I worked with teachers-in-training to develop management and instruction in the classroom.

A promotional video from my work in New Teacher Induction with the Wisconsin Lutheran Synod is below. It highlights my time in the classroom and as a mentor.

I believe that when we invest in our teachers, we are investing in our students.

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"MS. HIEB-KRIEGER’S TEACHING SKILLS, CONTENT KNOWLEDGE, AND TEACHER INTUITIVENESS STOOD OUT AMONG MANY OF HER COLLEAGUES."

-Maria Woehr, Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Coordinator

"...CONSISTENTLY STAYED ABREAST OF THE NEWEST RESEARCH ON INSTRUCTIONAL BEST PRACTICES AND PROVIDED DIRECT INPUT TO HER GRADE LEVEL TEAM ON HOW TO INTEGRATE THEM FOR INCREASED STUDENT PROFICIENCY."

-Laure Forsberg, Principal, Clyde.C Cox Elementary School

"It is impossible to overstate her grasp of instruction and her ability to confer this expertise to others who serve our students. She is the very definition of teacher leader and has earned the attention and respect of parents, teachers, and administrators alike."

-Holly Lee, Principal, Ute V. Perkins Elementary School

"she has the talents to benefit other teachers in the area of instructional mentoring and improvement of school climate and instruction."

-James Schneck, Principal, St. John's Lutheran School

Contact Kate

katehieb@gmail.com

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