Staff Spotlight: Katelynn Beaupre

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Job title: Spanish and AVID 11 teacher, Minnesota Honor Society advisor

Classes you teach: Spanish 1 & 2, AVID 11

Previous work experience: This is my first and only teaching position aside from student teaching, which I completed in the Netherlands and Coon Rapids, MN.

Years with the district: 4

What are some of your hobbies and interests? 

My hobbies and interests include reading, traveling, cooking, gardening, watching my favorite shows on Netflix and spending time with my family, friends, and pets. 

What’s something interesting about you that not a lot of people know? 

I'm a farmgirl! I grew up on a small family farm just west of St. Peter where we grew wheat, alfalfa, soybeans and corn. I was also a 4-Her and exhibited a variety of livestock and non-livestock projects including sheep, ducks, veterinary science, food and nutrition, and photography. I owe much of who I am today to my childhood on the farm and my experiences in 4-H.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in education? 

I really enjoyed learning another language in high school, but I was frustrated that I couldn't do more with the language I had learned. I saw gaps in my language acquisition and I decided that I wanted to find better methods of language instruction that would result in improved language skills for students. My time at FHS has allowed me to do just that! 

What do you enjoy most about working with students?

High school is a really transformative time in a child's life. The transformations of their curiosities, personalities, talents, etc. that happen week to week, month to month and year to year are truly amazing and I'm really glad that I get to be a part of that.

Share a fun project you've worked on or innovative teaching method you've used this year. What made it memorable for you? 

My classroom is deskless this year! The deskless classroom has been adopted by many language teachers all around the world. Being deskless means that we have more space to do more interpersonal activities, there are no barriers between my students and I, and it lends itself well to the communicative nature of a language classroom.

What do you enjoy about being part of Faribault Public Schools?

In addition to all of my students that teach me so much on a daily basis, I really enjoy the freedom and support I am given to try new things. None of what I do every day would be possible without the support of my students, world language colleagues, and administrators.

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