Skip to content

45: Bonus Edition- Interview with Katie Helms


Katie is a second year elementary ESL teacher. She currently works in Charlotte, NC but is originally from Illinois. Due to student allotment numbers tied to funding and student need, Katie has moved schools each year she has taught and has already been told she will be relocated in the district to help a different school with an expanding ESL population next year- that equals 3 schools in 3 years. She loves teaching ESL and making relationships with her students for years to come!


  • Each child is different and unique and learns at their own pace
  • It’s a marathon, not a sprint
  • They are children, not adults
  • Relate to the kids and build relationships- building a classroom culture is huge
  • I celebrate mistakes
  • Practice makes perfect
  • I can’t control what do, but I can control what happens in my classroom
  • No Chalk Talk policy with friends
  • Listen to your gut
  • It goes back to the kids… we are paid in hugs!


Katie’s Stamp of Approval

Connect with Katie

  • Email:
Join elite educators everywhere in snagging tips, tricks and freebies right to your inbox every month!
Become #empowered with the Always A Lesson newsletter:


Connect with Gretchen


Leave a Rating and Review


This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future.



Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher.

Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’

Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.”

Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info

Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best)

Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast 

Click ‘Send’

About the author, Gretchen

I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.