Hello! I am Katie Okenquist and I teach Speech & Theatre at Paul Kinder Middle School. The classes I teach are Performing Arts, Theatrical Arts, Debate & Forensics and Grizzly TV. This is the start of my 12th year as a teacher, with the last 7 being right here at PKMS. I grew up in the Blue Springs School District, from a Lucy Franklin Leopard, to a Brittany Hill Eagle, and finally a Blue Springs High School Wildcat! I am so PROUD to be home for my career!I am the director of the school musical or play each year. I LOVE working with kids that love to shine on stage! I am also the sponsor of the Forensics & Debate team, additionally for 7th and 8th that want to further their public speaking abilities with competitive acting/interp and public form debate.My husband, Scott, and I live in Grain Valley with our son Alex, who was born in 2014. My step-daughter, Ashlyn is in 8th grade here at PKMS. We love to spend our family time together watching sports at home, traveling, eating good food, and finding new and exciting things to do in Kansas City! Go Royals! Go Chiefs!