For all Minnetonka Families
Teacher, proud parent and community supporter
A Minnesota native, Kathryn Gimse grew up in Wayzata, Minnesota. Kathryn earned her B.A. in English and Scandinavian Studies from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and her M.Ed. in Second Languages and Cultures (English as a Second Language licensure K-12) from the University of Minnesota. Kathryn and her husband, Chris, live in Chanhassen with their three daughters, Hanna (19, 2018 graduate of MHS and current sophomore at Cornell University, NY) Hope (17, MHS senior) and Sage (13, MMW 8th grader). Kathryn's family has actively engaged in all levels of Minnetonka education -- elementary, middle school and high school. Kathryn's daughters have benefited from an incredible variety of academic, recreational and community resources and opportunities. She is extremely grateful to the teachers, administrators and community leaders in Minnetonka for providing world class opportunities in our hometown. The Gimse family has participated in many programs over the years, including recreational sports such as basketball and gymnastics, the Gifted and Talented program, Minnetonka choirs, Vocal Support, Minnetonka and community theatre, the International Bacalaureate program, Backpack Tutoring, Intercambio, MHS Cross Country, Nordic Skiing, Track and more. Kathryn is extremely proud of Minnetonka Schools and feels grateful to live in such a forward-thinking district that strives for excellence and innovation for its students, teachers and families.
Kathryn is a proud public school educator with 18 years of experience in grades K-12. She advocates for students, families and programs every day. She has experience working in both urban and suburban districts in Minnesota. Kathryn began her career in St. Paul and after starting a family, began teaching in Shakopee and finally in Edina, where she currently teaches English language to multilingual learners. She works closely with families and advocates for students' needs every day. She also works closely with content area teachers to make sure that her students have full access to the curriculum. As a school board member, she will advocate for all students in the district and will use data and research to guide decisions that affect students' mental health, overall well being and access to educational opportunities.