Teaching kindergarten & kindness
Colonial Hills Principal Tom Bates says that Katie Eschliman is a "natural-born teacher." For her part, Katie says it was kindergarten that chose her and not the other way around.
In her kindergarten class, she teaches kindness along with reading, writing and math skills. The kids take part in the "Onsters" theme. Onsters are based on the book The Monster Who Lost His Mean. Without his letter M, the Onster decides it's better to be kind and make friends.
One of the best parts of the theme is that it stays with kids throughout their time in Colonial Hills Elementary and onto secondary grades.