Name: Kathy Siler
School and subjects taught: Acting, technical theater, theater production, stage make-up, audition techniques
College degree and major: Theater production and elementary education
Years teaching: Five
Why do you teach? To share the love of theater and help young people achieve excellence in their lives. To see a young person achieve greatness from their own personal creativity is amazing, inspiring and gratifying.
Personal motto / words of wisdom: "Act well your part; there all honor lies." And, "Niceness counts."
Family: Husband John. Father and four sisters in Tucson, One is married with two children.
Pet peeve: Mean people and people who don't try.
Favorite hobby or leisure activity: Hiking and backpacking. I love to swim but do not get a chance to very often.
Person in history you'd most like to meet and why: The apostle Paul. His understanding, kindness and tenacity is a great inspiration to me.
Why Payson? Beautiful scenery, beautiful people and a rural town, yet close to theaters in a big city.
In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? Mrs. Marchant from second grade. She awoke our desire to learn with surprises and hands on projects. I remember her lessonson on volume. She brought pots and pans to class with measuring cups and spoons.
Her parakeet flew out of a big pot when she lifted the lid. We used water, sand and Jell-O in various activities.
What was your favorite subject in school and why?
Language arts in fifth grade. My friends and I finished our lessons early and were asked to create skits about them. We also made puppets and put on puppet plays using materials from the language arts class.
What was your favorite year in school and why?
Sixth through eighth grades. Our elementary school transformed into an "open school" where the students signed contracts for each lesson and decided which rooms they would go to and how long they would spend there. My life changed.
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