Katie Easter: Our New Teacher and Coach

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Inexperienced. Unfamiliar. Fresh. These words all describe how a new student or teacher can feel at a new school. Although they share these characteristics, they are very different. New teachers differ from new students in the fact that teachers are looked up to and expected more of. Teachers are expected to know exactly what to do and how to do it. Students count on their teachers to lead and teach them every day. For someone completely new to the school or teaching in general, that would be very stressful. Katie Easter is not only a brand new teacher, but she is a brand new coach. She is coaching varsity volleyball, and she is teaching first grade at Lewis Cass Elementary. 

Easter was born and raised here in Cass County, and she is happy to be back. Easter attended Logansport School Corporation, so she is very familiar with the area. Her family consists of her mother, father, and brother. They are all big Cass County people, and according to Easter, they will be the biggest Lewis Cass fans. 

As I previously mentioned, this is not only Easter’s first year here but also her first year teaching and coaching anywhere. “Some may call me ambitious, some may call me crazy,” said Easter when asked about her decision to apply for both jobs. She has always wanted to do both coaching and teaching, so she jumped at the opportunity. “It is now or never,” said Easter. Even though she is extremely busy, she does not regret applying for either position. “It is overwhelming, but I cannot imagine not doing one or the other,” she stated. 

Easter attended college at Bethel University, a private university in Mishawaka, Indiana. She majored in elementary education and minored in history. While attending Bethel, Easter was involved in their volleyball program. She was originally recruited to be a libero or defensive specialist but later served as her team’s setter. 

Before the start of school, Easter was already heavily involved in the athletic program here at Lewis Cass. Easter attended volleyball open gyms and early morning weights. Kaylie Williams and I were two people who went to both regularly. Easter always was someone who we could count on and ask for help. “Coach Easter made sure to emphasize to us how important it is to come to open gyms and weights. She loves pushing us to our limits, and never fails to give us the confidence we need,” said Kaylie Williams.
Mr. Carlton, one of Easter’s colleagues, had some nice words to share about her as well. “I am very excited about what she is going to do with this program. She has a lot of knowledge and passion for working with young people,” stated Mr. Carlton.

Mr. LaPlante, Principal at Lewis Cass Elementary, had some words to share about the hiring process. “Hiring Miss. Easter was an easy decision to make,” stated Mr. LaPlante. “She quickly stood out during the interview process.” He also conversed with her principal from her teaching assignment, and that made it even more clear that he needed to hire her. 

Katie Easter will undeniably be an asset to the staff here at Lewis Cass. I appreciate her not only as a coach but also as a person. Lewis Cass is very fortunate to her loyalty, dedication, kindness, and knowledge of the game. I know she will do great things in her time here at Lewis Cass, and I hope everyone has the opportunity to get to know her.

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