Drama Coach Wants Students To Reach Their Potential

Kathy Siler

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Kathy Siler


At which PUSD school do you teach? Payson High School

What is your college degree and education? Bachelor’s elementary education from NAU, secondary theatre education certificate and post-graduate work in theatre production from University of Northern Colorado and University of California Riverside.

Why do you teach? To help young people realize their potential.

Personal Motto/Words of Wisdom? I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13

Please tell us about your family: Widowed, was married 27 years, three sisters Tucson and Dallas.

What’s your biggest pet peeve? Litter bugs and apathy.

What is your favorite holiday or leisure activity? Hiking

Why did you choose to teach in Payson? The most generous and friendly community I’ve experienced.

In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? Mrs. Marchant, second grade teacher. She cared deeply about her students’ development and was 100 percent involved in every lesson. She would surprise us all the time. In the Measurements Lessons, her parakeet flew out of a large stew pot.

What was your favorite subject in school and why? Language Arts. My friends and I would finish our lessons early and write grammar skits for the younger children.

What was your favorite year in school and why? Sixth grade. My parochial elementary school turned into an open school where students signed contracts for their lessons. They were responsible for going from room to room and getting their lessons done. I spent one entire day in the math classroom learning statistics. I loved it.

What family influences brought you to where you are today? My husband’s profound compassion for his students changed my life. I never wanted to be a teacher until I saw him interact with his kids.


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