• Welcome to Shaw Elementary School! I'm looking forward to a great school year full of new learning and excited students. My goal as your child's teacher is to help them build a solid foundation from which they can become self-motivated, lifelong learners. It is my job to teach them each at their ability level and to help them grown from there. So that mean I have LOTS of different children at LOTS of different levels of learning. It's a challenge, but one I will take on with great enthusiasm and confidence!


    My name is Kathleen Hanson. I was born in Valdez, Alaska. I grew up in Eagle River, Alaska where I graduated from Chugiak High School. I jumped right into college knowing I wanted to be a teacher; but took a few years off to start my family. I went to college in Florida, Utah and Arizona. I have my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and my Master's in Teacher Leadership. I'm married to Mr. Hanson who in in the Army National Guard. We are celebrating our 14th anniversary in November. We have three children: Haley, who is in 10th grade, Talyn who is in 5th grade and Makenna who is in 4th grade.


    THANK YOU for trusting me with your child's first experience in education. It's important that they have a positive experience especially this early in their education career. I also want to stress that I am their teacher, but you are your child's first teacher! You are the one they look for confirmation, reinforcement and direction with what they learn with me. We are a TEAM, so please feel free to contact me with any questions, problems, or concerns. I am available by email, phone, or in person. 


    You will receive a newsletter informing you of what we are doing in the classroom each week and with any other activities going on in the classroom, and in the school. I also use Class Dojo daily to keep you updated as well.


    Again, thank you for trusting me as your child's Kindergarten teacher!!!


    ~Mrs. Hanson