Magnet Programs Coordinator

Mrs. Kate Franzen

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Mrs. Kate Franzen

Hi Wiley! My name is Mrs. Franzen and this will be my first year at Wiley International Studies Magnet School as Magnet Coordinator. I am new to North Carolina as my husband, Bret, and I moved here from Minnesota recently. 
 
In the past, I have taught fourth grade and innovation station, a specialist class for K-5 students focusing on technology and the 4 Cs. My favorite thing about being a teacher is helping students grow as learners, both inside the classroom and out in the world! In 2019 I finished my master's degree in learning design and technology and believe that technology in education should enhance learning. I have also written STEM curriculum, math curriculum, and worked as a project manager. This will be my 7th year teaching.
 
My mom is also a teacher in Minnesota and I always looked up to her growing up. I want to be a teacher who challenges students to push their potential while still encouraging them to embrace their strengths. Having students come together that are different from one another gives me great joy because we can learn so much from each other. I am an avid traveler and  have student taught in Rome, Italy.
 
I live with my husband, Bret, and our two pets- Porter, a black cat, and Finnley, a German Shepherd. In my spare time, I love to run, go to the beach, read, and listen to podcasts. I am a huge Green Bay Packer fan, too! Go pack go!
 
The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal of Good Health and Well-Being speaks to me because I believe mental health is just as important as physical health. Get outside, do yoga, go for a walk, play! Finding what works for you is key. I hope to instill this into as many young lives as I can.