Team 6-1

Mrs. Wrathall

 

My name is Katie Wrathall and this is my first year of teaching middle school. I have taught in schools as a substitute teacher, para educator, and online teacher to students around the world. I am so excited to get to know all my students on Team 6-1 this year! I hope that as we all learn together we can grow immensely as readers, writers, and good members of the world around us.

 

I am from Washington State and moved here to Idaho three years ago. I got married in 2019 to my husband and we love Idaho for its plentiful fishing, hiking, camping, and hunting. When stuck inside during a snow day I love to curl up with a good book (or two) and read read read. In my classroom, I aim for every single student to grow their skills and gain an appreciation for reading and confidence in their abilities.

 

 

Mr. Spencer

Josh Spencer

 

 

 

My name is Josh Spencer. 

Math was never a pleasant subject for me growing up, and honestly, I did everything I could to avoid it! I believed that because I never planned to use math in my career (funny how that worked out) there was no point in learning it. Later, however, I realized that math is much more than simply learning how to perform operations & algorithms used primarily by scientists & engineers. Instead, math is about learning how to develop problem-solving skills that students can use in their everyday lives. It's about learning how to make sense of problems, use reasoning to evaluate and explore solutions and to justify and critique reasoning; both one’s own, as well as that of another’s. 

 

Regardless of one’s background and personal experiences, I believe that we can all appreciate the benefit of developing problem-solving skills which can be applied to any situation (and not just those involving numbers). I am extremely excited about the opportunity to teach math to your 6th-graders this year! I will do everything that I can to help them to enjoy math and instill within them a deep desire to learn. I consider parent communication a vital part of your child’s success and welcome you reaching out to me at any time, for any reason.

 

 

Mr. Bloom

Erik Bloom

 

 

My name is Erik Bloom. I have been teaching at Madison Middle School since 2014. I love teaching science and computer science. I am from Olney, Maryland, but have been in Idaho since 2007 and love it here. I married my wife Rachel in 2012. We have a daughter Madison who was born in 2014 and a son Joshua who was born in 2016. I love running, graphic design, and stained glass. I am looking forward to meeting my new students and their families soon!