Hi Trailblazer families! My name is Katrina Paek (rhymes with 'bake' and 'cake') and I'm thrilled to join the 5th-grade team here at Discovery! We are going to have an amazing year together! I was born and raised in Leesburg, Virginia, and attended K-12 in Loudoun County schools. I received my Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and obtained my Master's degree in Elementary Education at the University of Virginia (Go Hokies!). I student taught fifth grade and immediately knew that this was the grade level I wanted to teach. I am ecstatic to be back in my hometown and start my career with you all!
Outside of school, I absolutely love traveling, exploring new places, and eating and trying out different foods with family and friends. My boyfriend, Nick, and I absolutely love finding new food spots. If you have any recommendations, please let me know! In my free time, I enjoy cooking, cheering on my favorite sports teams (DC Nation!), watching movies/ shows, and spending time with my family and friends. Some of my favorite things are: blue (any shade), dessert (major sweet tooth), soccer, Top Gun: Maverick, New Girl, and music!
I believe that a teacher's role is not just limited to teaching, but to loving, supporting, encouraging, and inspiring students. I am beyond excited about meeting our class and getting the year started! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!