My name is Katie Leighton and I am thrilled to have the privilege to teach 4th grade at Meridian Elementary. This will be my 7th year at Meridian. I previously taught 5th grade but before that spent 4 years as a 4th grade teacher so this year is a sort of "homecoming" for me and I couldn't be more excited about it. Outside of being a teacher I am lucky to be wife to my husband Andy and mom to my children Elliot (5), Alice (3), and our new baby whose impending arrival we are excitedly anticipating. I enjoy running and skiing in my free time, but I most enjoy spending my time with my family laughing, dancing, and playing. My goal as a teacher is to inspire my students to strive to be and do their best, both academically and personally. I work alongside my students, encouraging them to take risks, try new things, and challenge themselves to reach their potential. I am most proud, every year, of the classroom community my students and I build together that is supportive, encouraging, and safe for everyone in our room. I am grateful for the opportunity to share this next year with you! Welcome to 4th grade!