Hill City School District Teacher Profile: Kassie Willard

What grade/subject do you teach?
Second grade.
Where did you grow up and where did you go to college?
I graduated from Belle Fourche High School. I attended the University of South Dakota and majored in elementary and special education. I am in the process of receiving my masters in reading from Black Hills State.
How long have you been a teacher?
This is my fourth year teaching.
Why did you become a teacher?
I get to spend my days working with children. I can help them achieve their goals and get students excited to learn. 
I don’t know if there is a better feeling than working with a student and their eyes light up because what we’ve been working on starts making sense for them. 
What do you love about teaching in Hill City?
Hill City is a wonderful community, everyone helps each other. You know that from the moment you move here. The location is beautiful and the people are even better!
Would you like to share any personal info about coaching, family, pets?
I grew up in a big family. As of now, I have 15 nieces/nephews. 
I enjoy playing and watching sports. I coach middle school volleyball and track, along with high school basketball. 
I spend most of my time outside (hiking, fly-fishing, mountain biking, camping, etc.). 
Every year I make myself a mini bucket list. This past year I was able to see George Strait in concert, go skydiving and swim in the ocean.

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