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Northeast Times | October 25, 2021

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KMS THEATRE DIRECTOR NAMED TETA K-12 EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

KMS THEATRE DIRECTOR NAMED TETA K-12 EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

Kati Grimmer, Theatre Director at Keller Middle School, has been named the K-12 Educator of the Year by the Texas Educational Theatre Association.

Kati Grimmer This award is given in recognition of outstanding accomplishment in the teaching of theatre. Grimmer has served as Hospitality Co-Chair for the TETA convention staff for seven years and is a member of Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials, where she has served as both a contest manager and an adjudicator. 

Grimmer earned her Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University in 1991, and has been involved in the instruction and direction of young thespians for 28 years. During her time at Keller Middle School, she has led a successful theatre program, which includes placing at several District-wide Middle School One-Act-Play contests, and producing and directing musicals that have become a true example of community theatre of parents, staff, and students working together to produce highly successful shows every year. She also acts as Lead Teacher for middle school theatre teachers in Keller ISD and creates District-wide opportunities for students through programs like Middle School Improve Olympics.

Making theatre accessible for actors and technicians of all levels is a passion for Grimmer, so she volunteers for front-of-house duties at Onstage in Bedford, a community theatre. She says working in Keller ISD and with colleagues at Keller Middle School has been the highlight of her teaching career.

“Kati Grimmer is truly an amazing example of a stellar middle school theatre teacher,” Keller ISD Fine Arts Director Kim Blann said. “She gives so freely of her time and energy to her students and parents, works hard to give all students a wonderful experience in theatre, and creates magical performances well beyond what anyone could imagine for middle school theatre artists.