Katelyn Regan — Lee Early College

This week’s Welcome To Sanford Teacher of the Week is Katelyn Regan from Lee Early College. Ms. Regan teaches Honors English, I-IV and Foundations of English.  She is also active with the school’s yearbook and step/dance team. A Kent State University graduate, Ms. Regan has a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Language Arts and is in her seventh year at LEC.  In her tenure at the school, Ms. Regan has also served as a Beginning Teacher Mentor, Curriculum and Instruction Committee Representative and Culture Committee Leader. She was honored as Lee Early College’s 2018-19 Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Regan believes that in order to help students develop, she needs to do so as well, noting. “I must continue to grow in order for my students to grow. By constantly seeking knowledge and improving my own lessons, I am able to create an engaging environment, allowing students to learn by doing. Interest is created when students are actively discovering new information and applying it to real life.”

The biggest inspiration for Ms. Regan from the start of her teaching career came from working with young adults and creating a love of learning within them. She comments, “When I was younger, I always loved learning, but I personally didn’t always like going to school and I wanted to change that. I wanted to be able to create a classroom culture that fostered a positive environment and allowed people to learn about what truly interested them.”

Several of Ms. Regan’s best experiences as an educator have happened outside of the classroom. Ms. Regan believes, “The classroom is a great place to initiate a spark of learning but seeing how that spark grows and impacts others is the best. Watching students give back to the community through donating to others, forming communities in times of hardships, and graduating and improving their futures are some of the most rewarding moments of teaching that I have witnessed.”

When she isn’t in school, Ms. Regan enjoys arts and crafts, spending time with family & friends, and reading.