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Katie Autry
Position: Preschool Readiness (PSR) Teacher
Email: katie@hope4kidspreschool.org

I am so excited to have been chosen to be part of the already awesome team here at Hope 4 Kids Preschool!  I have been working with children and families ever since I can remember.  I began my career working with young children at the age of 12 as a babysitter caring for the child of a family friend.  I remember feeling so much pride being granted the responsibility of caring for this family's loved one.  I have enjoyed working with children ever since! 
 
I began attending Santa Barbara City College soon after high school and realized the wonderful opportunity to use my gifts and talents in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program.  I studied in the ECE program while completing a year of student teaching at Kinko's Early Learning Center (ELC), the lab school at city college.  This is where I gained my foundation of the ECE principles as well as to build my personal teaching styles and methods.  I then accepted an internship at Kinko's ELC, which I loved so much I continued for a second year as an intern.  My experience at Kinko's ELC gave me the opportunity to work with and learn from a multitude of families. My range of experience varies from supervising a daycare facility at a gym to working with preschool-aged children at a variety of centers. I also completed the Outdoor Classroom Specialist training through Eric Nelson's Outdoor Classroom Project. There I gained excellent techniques to apply to children's learning in our fabulous outdoor areas.
 
I am blessed with a wonderful son, Caleb, who was enrolled and flourished here at Hope 4 Kids from age 2 to 5 and is now enjoying a great start in elementary school!  I feel lucky to have found a place where he was so well cared for! I have loved living in Santa Barbara since 1997.  In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family and friends, watching the latest movie, and singing karaoke.
 
I feel so blessed to have found a career that allows me to care for and love children and at the same time utilize my passion for serving families.  I am looking forward to partnering with your family!


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