Post Falls, Idaho
“Katelyn is a 4th grade teacher in Post Falls, Idaho at Westridge Elementary. She is a single mom to her two sons, Gavin (10) and Gibson (8). She is also a bonus mom to Payden (17).
It’s tough being a single mom while working 60+ hours a week. Teachers don’t work 8-5! When COVID hit, Katy’s teaching career was thrown for a loop. Without much notice, she was modified to online teaching. She has worked so hard to be sure she is still accessible to her students while tailoring her teaching style to individual students – all without the kids being in the classroom. This has resulted in many additional hours and weekend work, all of which she does without ever complaining and not alot of sleep. During the peak outbreak of COVID in our area, Katy volunteered every weekday on a school bus (typically dressed in a fun costume) to hand out free meals to students in her district. Children that relied on the school setting for their breakfast/lunch were really hit hard. Many of them didn’t have parents at home to provide meals, and they had no way to get to the sites to pickup the free meals. Katy took it upon herself to deliver meals to these very kids. She did this out of the goodness of her heart, in her own car, on her own time. Every single day.
Recently, for school conferences (now held by Zoom due to COVID) she created a video for each child compiling their school work, art work, report card and pictures – all set to music. No small task for 20 children. They were absolutely incredible. Again, much of the work done on the weekends on her own time.
I tell this story because Katy hasn’t been on a vacation in 10 years – the last time in October 2011 when Gavin was 10 months old. We stayed at the Fairmont Kea Lani! She is most deserving and selfless person I know, and she really needs a break. I would love nothing more than for her to create new memories at the Kea Lani and feel able to relax and just breathe.“
Nominated by: Peggy Leonard