Phone: 480-272-8500 ext. 8558


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Elementary Education University of Iowa M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction National Louis University

Mrs. Katai

Welcome to 5th Grade Language Arts. My name is Carrie Katai, and I love being part of the wonderful school community at Horseshoe Trails. In 5th grade, we read a variety of fiction and non-fiction stories about many interesting topics.  In addition, we write short stories, essays, reading responses, poetry, plays, and so much more.  I am extremely passionate about reading and writing and can't wait to share my excitement with you this year. 

I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago but moved to Arizona fourteen years ago to be closer to family.  I attended The University of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!) for my undergraduate degree and National Louis University in Chicago for my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. While living in IL, I taught 2nd grade for five years. This will be my eighth year teaching 5th grade at Horseshoe Trails, and I absolutely love it!

My husband and I have two amazing children. Paige is in 9th grade, and Grant is in 7th grade. We also have an adorable pug mix named Shermy who we are all absolutely obsessed with!

I am committed to working hard to make this year an enjoyable, memorable, and successful year for everyone!

Teaching Philosophy:
Seeing the incredible growth of my students, both personally and academically, inspires me each day. By promoting persistence, kindness, and accomplishment, I hope to instill confidence and compassion in my students.


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