• Name: Ms. Kalin
    Grade: K-5 Reading Specialist
    Classroom: 29W

    “No other skill taught in school and learned by children is more important than reading. It is the gateway to all other knowledge.”

                                                                 -ERIC (education resources information center); 1996


    My name is Kelli Kalin and I am the new  reading specialist at Hamilton Elementary. I am very excited to be here. I look forward to a wonderful school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me. 


    I graduated from IU in 2001 with a degree in Elementary Education. This is my first year as a Reading Specialist and my first year at Lake Station. I have taught in Lake Central, East Chicago, Portage, and Sylvan Learning Center. Reading is very special to me. Written language is a manmade construct and it does not come naturally. About 20% of the population struggles with reading. I find great joy in helping these students break the code and become true readers


    I live in Portage. I have been in Portage since 1982, but I actually started school in Lake Station at Bailey. I have been married to my husband, West, since 2000. We have one son, Joey, who is starting his senior year at Portage High School. We have a dog, a cat, a snake, and a gecko. We like to travel, go fishing, and hang out on our boat. 


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