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Miss Bruinsma
Classroom Info

What's Happening in Room 116?

Student Art

See artwork created by the talented students at Glendale.

My Art

View the online gallery of my original artworks.

Professional Portfolio
Education and Philosophy

Philosophy of Education: We are in the innovation era and ideas are the currency of the future. To participate in… Read More


I have been fortunate to work with administrators who helped me develop my leadership abilities and encouraged me to help… Read More

Teaching Skills, Experience and Recognition

Teaching:  My teaching style can be categorized as progressive, research-based and highly responsive to student need. I have experimented with… Read More

About Me

I've wanted to teach since I was in Kindergarten and have been a teacher since 2006. I still love it and am looking forward to helping more teachers, students and families work on literacy. Keep on reading!


I believe in encouraging curiosity and teaching students to become self-directed learners. This involves a lot of student choice but also a lot of practice making good-for-learning choices. Students need to get good at knowing what helps them (as individuals) learn.

Katie Bruinsma

I have a big family with two brothers and two sisters. I spend most of my time making things, planning things and hanging out with family and friends.