Introducing our new First Grade Teacher, Ms. Witt

"Hello Saint Olaf Community!
My name is Kendall Witt and I’m so excited to introduce myself as the new first grade teacher! I have lived in Merced, California for 16 years, and Stayton, Oregon for 6 years. These past four years I attended the University of Oregon and graduated this spring with a degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology. During my time at the University of Oregon I was also the school-age teacher at a daycare where I fell in love with all the blessings that come with teaching young children.
I am continuing my education through the PACE program, a two-year graduate teaching program that serves Catholic Schools over the US where I will earn my Master of Teaching. When I got the call from PACE that there was a teaching position in Utah, I couldn’t believe it and knew that God was calling me to teach there. Utah has always held a special place in my heart. It’s the state that my father grew up in and the state my sister taught at during her time in the PACE program and where she continues to teach at a Catholic school in SLC. The history of Saint Olaf School and Parish is one that inspires me and a history that I feel incredibly blessed to soon be a part of. I feel extremely fortunate that I get to connect my passions of faith and teaching together and couldn’t think of a better time to start my teaching journey. The Catholic faith has always been such a huge part of my life since I was raised in a Catholic family of six children and I’m excited to continue my growth in the Catholic teachings.
I am passionate in ensuring that I create a loving and supportive learning environment for all students where we listen, respect, and love each other. I am looking forward to meeting the Saint Olaf community in August.
Go Vikings!
With Love,
Ms. Witt"