Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education

Ms. Kristine Ketchen

Welcome to my fifth grade classroom! I am very happy to be your child's teacher for this exciting year of learning. I am proud to say that I have been teaching at Desert Willow since the very first day it opened, 21 years ago. I have taught both fourth and fifth grade here and have enjoyed seeing my students excel both emotionally and academically. Fifth grade brings an increased sense of responsibility, leadership, and expectations and I look forward to supporting and fostering your child's growth and having a great time learning along the way. I believe in an open line of communication between student and parents, therefore if your child ever has any questions or concerns I will ensure that they feel comfortable addressing me personally as I strive to create a safe environment for them. With this year being one of increased responsibility, leadership and expectations, when they're able to take more ownership of their work and can communicate with me directly, we will see them grow even further and feel a greater sense of accomplishment. I am of course, also available to you as the parent as we work together to make this the most successful year for your child! 


Kristine Ketchen