Kate Gale is the Site Coordinator at Elliott Elementary in the Wayne-Westland Community School District. Kate has been working with the EMU Bright Futures program since 2009, starting as support staff, and became a Site Coordinator in 2012 in WWCSD. She is a certified teacher from Central Michigan University in Elementary Education, and has recently earned her Masters in Reading from Eastern Michigan University. Kate credits her experiences and growth, with the EMU Bright Futures program, as helping to shape her into the educator she is today. She is passionate about connecting with students and families through education, literacy, and social and emotional learning, while engaging student voices and helping students discover learning in fun and unique ways.
EMU Bright Futures at Elliott Elementary serves second, third, fourth and fifth grade students. We have a highly structured program with foundations of academic support and student interest-based clubs with daily focuses on being active, creative, and STEAM learning. Club offerings could include Crafty Kids, App Masters, Fitness Fun, Mindful Yoga, Travel Club, and many more! As a staff, we strive to support our students’ continual growth in social and emotional learning, self-development and agency, student voice, and provide the discovery of new academic experiences while cultivating a mutually respectful community for all students and families in our program. We at EMUBF Elliott recognize the importance of strong relationship between the families, school-day staff, and program. We actively encourage families and teachers to volunteer their time and skills with our students at program, and we meet quarterly for Family Meetings to engage parent and family feedback about program happenings.