Kay Hook (3rd Grade)
What degree(s) do you hold? From what school(s)? What was your area of concentration?
I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico. My areas of concentration were Special Education and English.
What is your previous work experience?
I worked for Albuquerque Public Schools as a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher for 8 years before moving to Texas. Once I began raising my family, I taught Pre-K at a few Mother’s Day Out programs for about 8 years. I began homeschooling my 2nd daughter when she started 4th grade and continued until she graduated. During that time, I had the pleasure of teaching choir, journalism, and science to students of all ages in our co-op.
Tell us a little about your family:
I will be celebrating 40 years of marriage to my husband, Gary, this year. We have two precious, grown daughters (Where did the time go?). The light of our life right now is our 2 year old grandson and we eagerly await the birth of his baby sister right at the beginning of the school year.
What led you to Austin Classical School?
An old friend told me about the need for a long-term substitute. There was a 3rd grade opening the next year, and I was hired for the position. God granted me the desire of my heart to teach in a classroom again. God has blessed me immeasurably by allowing me to be a part of the Austin Classical School family. 3rd grade has always been by favorite grade to teach. They have grasped many of the skills that they need to read and write both for interest and for meaning. They are in the beginning stages of being able to think critically, discuss, and share their own thoughts.
What do you enjoy about Classical education?
I want to delight students with the wonders of all that God has created, motivating them with a desire to learn and imagine. I hope to help them see themselves as God sees them, and celebrate the strengths and gifts He has given them. Classical education allows me to pour into the students’ educational and spiritual lives.
Describe your teaching philosophy:
I desire to delight students with the wonders of all that God has created, motivating them with a desire to learn and imagine. I want help them see themselves as God sees them and celebrate the strengths and gifts He has given them.
What is a Bible verse you return to often?
My granny taught me the 23rd Psalm, having me read and memorize it every time I was with her. To this day, the verses gives me great joy and comfort.
What are some hobbies you enjoy outside of the classroom?
I love crafts and painting, yoga and Tai Chi, walking/hiking and visiting new places. I like to read mostly fiction. I usually read a mixture of fantasy, historical fiction, and the occasional best seller. I read a lot of the classics while my daughter was homeschooling through middle school and high school. I have very little free time because when I am not at school, I am babysitting my grandson. He is endlessly entertaining.