Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Pete Kahn
Role at Busch
Now starting my third year of teaching at Busch Middle School of Character, I enjoy working with my students, their parents, and my professional colleagues to ensure that all our learners have the opportunity for academic success. When I can get to it, I also work in the school's garden (officially the George Washington Carver Exploratory Garden), although regularly weeding it got away from me this summer, as I staffed the district's Summer Learning program in June and July.
For a brief sketch about me, I previously taught Special Education (Math and Science) in Jennings School District and High School English in Rockwood School District. I've also coached a scholar bowl team and would be open to doing that again at Busch, should the opportunity arise. I'm an alumnus of Saint Louis Public Schools, having graduated from Enright Classical Junior Academy (sadly now closed) and Central Visual & Performing Arts High School.
I attended both Illinois College in Jacksonville, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, and Webster University in St. Louis, from which I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. I've also worked numerous summers on the camp staff of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, B.S.A., and the day camp staff of the Gateway Region YMCA, so working with young people, teaching, and being in the outdoors are all important to me. I recently finished my coursework to become a certified Reading Specialist, and I'm excited about being able to better support my students with IEP goals in Reading and Written Expression.
In my free time, I enjoy reading and collecting books, watching films, playing computer and tabletop games, hiking, visiting museums, zoos, and botanical gardens, and napping.
Telephone: (314) 352-1043
Recommended Reading:Summer is the season for reading! Whether you're lying on your bed, lounging by a pool, or sitting on a beach, it's a great time to escape into a book. Please go to the Virtual Learning tab on the left for a link to SLPS's recommended summer reading list. In case you're curious, I've posted a photo below of the textbooks I'll be reading for my classes this summer.
2021-22 School Year:
- I'm moving up to 8th grade with all the students on my caseload, so they'll continue seeing me in their ELA and/or Math classes, rather than be transferred to another Special Education teacher's caseload.
- I'll be teaching a Direct Instruction class once again, but it will only be for 6th and 7th graders.
Students seeing me for Direct Instruction will be working toward meeting or making progress toward their current IEP goals in the Special Education setting. They'll be developing greater proficiency of their academic skills in the areas of:
- Reading (Basic Skills, Fluency, and/or Comprehension)
- Written Expression
- Mathematics and/or Math Problem-Solving
I'll be working in the General Education setting with all eighth grade students who have IEPs, excepting those students in Ms. Potthoff's or Ms. Johnson's classrooms. This means that I'll be co-teaching ELA (English Language Arts) with Mr. McDaniel and Math with Mr. Harkless.
In addition, some of the students I see may also receive coaching and/or instruction from me in the following areas:
- Organizational Skills
- Social or Anger Management Skills
- Task-Related Skills