Teachers and staff members at the Newton Public Schools have a tremendous impact on students in the city, from those in preschool to graduating seniors. As the 2019-2020 academic year progresses, the Tab will run a series of Q&As about the people guiding the city’s children and teens.

South Shore resident Katie Perdisatt started working as a special education teacher at Mason-Rice Elementary School this year after working at Countryside Elementary School last year. This is her sixth year teaching overall.

In her work she teaches fourth-graders and supports them by practicing reading, math and writing skills.


Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I decided to become a teacher because I love helping kids discover that they can accomplish. I love supporting students and helping them grow each year. Differentiating instruction is very important to me and my goal is to reach every student at their level.


What was your favorite children’s book growing up and why?

When I was a child, I loved reading the book “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” by Shel Silverstein. I loved this book because the poems were engaging and the drawings captured my attention. I would read this book over and over again and still discover something new that I didn’t before.


What was your favorite class/subject when you were in grade school and why?

I loved math when I was growing up. My mission in math class was to find a formula or way to solve math problems that was different from others. I loved solving multi-step word problems and working in groups to share ideas on how to solve each problem.


What ways (if any) will you use tech or social media in your classes and why? If not, why not?

I will use technology in my classroom this year to enhance learning. I will use apps to help with students’ fluent reading, apps to help students access different leveled books and text-to-speech apps to help with writing and typing.


What are some of your highest hopes for your students over the academic year?

My highest hope for my students this year is for them to feel confident, successful and proud of the hard work that they put into each lesson and day.