Wasson's experience at BYU instilled in her the desire to always strive for more education

Katie WassonKatie Wasson earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the BYU McKay School of Education. She grew up in Orinda, California, and always hoped to attend BYU. She was drawn to BYU because of its close proximity to her cousins who lived in Utah. Education seemed like a natural choice for Wasson since her father and sister, also a McKay School alumna, are both educators.

After graduating from BYU in 2004, Wasson found that her teaching career led her to unexpected places. She initially planned to teach in California, but, just for fun, applied for one teaching position in Utah. She was offered the position in Utah first, so she took it. “I am teaching, which is what I knew I wanted to do, but I am not living in the state I planned to teach in,” she reflects. She is currently celebrating her fifth year of teaching in the Granite School District.

Her time in the education field has taught her important lessons that she would like to pass on to other first year teachers. She has found it effective to use resources in the community to liven up her classroom. She recalls the fun she had planting tulips with her students at Thanksgiving Point and taking her students to the symphony, free of cost. She found that people are more than willing to reach out to teachers.

Wasson found that her experience at BYU instilled in her the desire to always strive for more education. This is evident in her obtaining a technology and ESL endorsement after graduation. She is currently working on her reading endorsement. In the future, she plans to earn her master’s degree.

Wasson currently resides in Salt Lake City with her husband, Mark. He is studying mechanical engineering at the University of Utah. The couple is expecting their first child this April, and Wasson is looking forward to raising a family. In her free time, Wasson enjoys running, traveling, and getting side jobs at places she likes to shop.

January, 21 2010