New Teacher Profile of the Week: Kathryn Sall

Shreya Deshpande | Conant Crier

Conant’s new English Teacher Kathryn Sall.

The Crier is conducting interviews to get to know the new teachers at Conant. This week, the Crier is featuring English teacher Kathryn Sall.

CrierWhat classes do you teach?

Sall: I teach Reading Strategies, English 2, and Advanced Placement Language and Composition.

Crier: Why did you choose to become an English teacher?

Sall: I love the subject. I think it is the most useful subject to connect with students on a deeper level, and connecting with students and being a positive role model is why I want to do what I do.

Crier: Have you ever written a book or article and had it published? 

Sall: I have had papers published at Illinois State University. I’ve had papers and photography published in their literary magazine.

Crier: What is your favorite book? 

Sall: My favorite book would have to be “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls. I love nonfiction and memoirs. The more real the book is, the more I like it.

Crier: You are the assistant varsity cheerleading coach at Hoffman. How old were you when you started cheerleading, and were you also involved in other activities in high school and college?

Sall: I started cheerleading in fifth grade. I did it in high school at Hoffman. I thought about it in college, but in college, I wanted to do different things. I was also a figure skater, and I played water polo briefly in high school.

Crier: Are you coaching or supervising any other activities here at Conant? If so, which activities? 

Sall: I’ve helped out with Crier, and I would love to do it more. I love doing journalism.

Crier: What advice would you give to students who want to pursue a career in journalism? 

Sall: My advice would be to seek out ways you can do it, even if that is creating your own ways. If there is no way to be involved in journalism, make one.

Crier: If you had to choose any job besides an English teacher, what would you choose? 

Sall: The first choice I would choose would be First Lady because I don’t want to be president because it is too much stress, but I am obsessed with presidents. My second choice would be an astronaut because no lady has been to the moon yet.

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