• Kathryn Beckmann
    Name: Kathryn Beckmann
    Virtual Office Hours: 10-12pm, M-F
    Building Room Number(s): 319
    Subject(s): Junior and Senior English Literature,
    Ap Language and AP Literature and Composition
    Building Phone:  314-773-0027

    Teacher Message:  

    I hope you and your families are doing well, staying safe, washing your hands and social distancing.

    While teachers are awaiting instructions on how to proceed with online learning protocol for our classes, we've been asked to provide the following link to support continued learning at home.  Here is the link www.slps.org/keeponlearning.   

    STAY-AT-HOME ORDER / SCHOOL CLOSINGS: This past weekend, Mayor Lyda Krewson announced a mandatory, 30-day stay-at-home order aimed at preventing further spread of COVID-19. In light of this new restriction, all schools in the City of St. Louis have extended their closures through April 22, 2020. This decision will be continually re-evaluated in coordination with the Mayor’s Office and Dr. Fredrick Echols, the Director of the City’s Department of Health.

    Take care of each other.


    Prior to teaching I was in the corporate world for 14 years in various capacities.  My undergraduate studies took place at the University of Kansas in Lawrence where I received a B.S. in Advertising.  When I worked as a Corporate Trainer/Account Manager, and was instructing clients, instead of selling to them, I realized how much I enjoyed instructing and that it was time to change careers.
    My teaching career began in 2005 when I completed a teaching certification at the School for International Training at DePaul University in Chicago.  I taught mainly Korean adults and children for a year in the Parkway School District and then taught ESL to K-12 students in Daegu, South Korea. 
    I returned in 2007 and immediately began working as an English teacher at the ELS Language Center on UMSL's campus while I completed a combination English Secondary Teaching Certification and Master's in Education program.  
    Once I finished the teaching certification in May 2012, I had been teaching and assisting many Saudi Arabian students meet their college goals.  I became familiar with their culture and was interested in seeing their country.  So I accepted a teaching position in the capital city of Riyadh, and spent 3 years teaching and meeting people from all over the world.  Fortunately for my level of curiosity, I was able to witness the lifestyle of Saudi Muslim women before they were allowed to drive, wear other clothes besides an abaya in public, and enjoy concerts in public as this has all changed since I left in June 2016.
    When I returned to St. Louis, I presented my master's thesis at UMSL at the end of June 2016, and started working at McKinley as a high school English teacher in August 2016.  This is my first position teaching in a public school and it has been a been a wonderful, broadening chapter of my life.  
    In October 2017, I began a second master's degree program at Webster University to be certified to teach English as a Second Language for K-12 students.  By May 2019, I had  completed all but 2 courses and put the degree aside.  I will have both this certification and a Master's in TESOL when I have time to pick up the coursework again.
    I am a lifelong learner and enjoy teaching and learning about all the fasinating aspects of the English language and its literature.