Congratulations, Katie Lee!

Congratulations, Katie Lee!
Posted on 09/17/2020
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We want to extend a HUGE congratulations to Katie Lee for her selection as the Olympic ESD 114 Classified School Employee of the year! She was one of nine classified employees in Washington that were nominated for the National Classified School Employee of the year in a ceremony held virtually at OSPI on Monday Evening. Katie Lee is Special Education Paraeducator who works at Vinland Elementary in the Intensive Support Program.

Heather Ben-Judah, Special Education Teacher at Vinland, nominated Katie for this honor. Heather shared that Katie is the embodiment of everything that makes a great educator, giving everything she has to every student that crosses her path. “In our special education classroom, she works with our most highly impacted students day in and day out,” Heather said of Katie. “Katie always has the most amazing attitude, is honest and caring, and is respected not only by our building-wide staff, but by all the students who are blessed to cross paths with her.”

OSPI News Release

Katie Lee

Special Education Paraeducator
North Kitsap

Katie is a special education paraeducator who started volunteering in her daughter’s kindergarten classroom in 2006. Eventually, she was offered a job teaching small groups in the resource room. This began her passion and life’s work.

Katie loves working with kids with special needs. She has volunteered as a coach for special Olympics for the last four years. She co-leads a 4-H club. She volunteers at an event that allows special needs students young and old, to experience farm life with other kids that are like them. Katie has a small farm and she loves educating the community on farming. Katie’s family are also commercial fishermen in Alaska. Teaching her family how to fish helps teach them know how to survive in life. In the spring the school district participates in the salmon release program. Katie uses her knowledge and passion to create a Coho challenge for elementary school students to learn how to estimate and learn the salmon life cycle. This is another example of her knowledge that she loves to share with the students.

Katie Lee at the OSPI Educators of the Year virtual event on Monday, September 14, 2020