Katie Howell

  •  Katie Howell  
    Room: Early Learning Center Room 7
    Subject: Integrated Special Education Preschool
    Phone: (360) 412-4690, x29507
    **The best way to contact me is by email.
    Support Staff: Laura and Tamara

Professional Biography

  • 2019-20 is my 8th year with North Thurston Public Schools, and my 13th year as a preschool teacher. Preschool is a fun and messy world ready to be explored by our youngest students. No two days are the same, and the classroom is never boring! 

    I am passionate about the importance of learning during the first five years of life--for ALL students. I work hard to ensure that my classroom is accessible and enjoyable for all preschoolers, no matter what. 

    The 2019-20 School Supply List is available here. It includes items requested by the district, and some additional “Wish List” items for the classroom, if you are interested. If your family needs support to acquire items, please let me know.

    Administrative Internship

    This year, I am participating in an administrative internship with North Thurston while completing my Principal/ Administrator certification through Saint Martin’s University. This certificate has added to my knowledge of how to support learners at all levels, and lead with an equity focus.

    My university classes are held outside of the school day (evenings); many of the internship hours take place during the school day. There will be days or partial days that I am out of the classroom as I fulfill my internship duties. Some days I will be at Meadows, and other days I will be at other school sites. In either case, a substitute teacher will be in the classroom when I am not.

    I have arranged with a retired preschool teacher, Phyllis, to cover the planned days I am interning. Phyllis is amazing with all students, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. Occasionally, I may have another substitute teacher, but I will try to limit this to maintain consistency for the preschoolers.

    Your child’s education remains of the utmost importance to me. I have approached this year thoughtfully, and carefully planned the schedule and routine with the preschoolers in mind—and plan to keep it that way.

    Educational Background

    I earned my Master of Science in Special Education from the University of North Dakota in 2017, focusing on advanced courses in supporting young children with intellectual impairments, emotional and behavioral delays, and visual impairments. In order to better understand Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), in the summer of 2015 I completed the first portion of the CVI Mentor course presented by Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy at the Washington State School for the Blind; the information I learned has allowed me to better support my students with CVI. I earned my bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education from St. Martin's University in 2012, with additional endorsements in reading and early childhood education. 


  • Class Schedule (Subject to change)

    AM/ PM 

    9:20/ 1:10      Arrival

    9:35/ 1:25      Opening Circle Time

    9:50/ 1:40      Learning Centers

    10:30/ 2:40    Teacher Time (academic or language work)

    10:50/ 2:40     Recess

    11:10/ 3:00     Snack

    11:25/ 3:15     Library

    11:30/ 3:20     Closing Circle Time

    11:50/ 3:40     Dismissal