Katie Ann Borcherding teaches many classes in the New Haven High School, such as 7-12 Art, Graphic Design, Multimedia, Intro to Art, Middle School Art, TV/ Studio, Communication Arts, Drawing/ Painting, Yearbook, and Sculpture/Pottery. She’s the adviser for Student Council and manages the Shamrock Garden.
This year, Mrs. Borcherding has worked with her students and the community to create Santa at the Caboose and a new mural for the Visitor’s Center. She also chairs in Prom and the Balloon Race parade.
Mrs. Borcherding is one out of four children. She has two sisters-- Amy, who is five years older than her, and Emily, who is one year younger than her-- and her brother John is three years younger.
Mrs. Borcherding explained her college and studies by saying, “I graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, MO, in May 2004 with a BFA in Fashion Design and Product Development. I studied abroad two semesters during college. Once in London at London College of Fashion (I studied Millinery, Corsetry, and frames, meaning bustles). I studied abroad the second time in Paris and studied Millinery and Art History. I earned my Masters in Administration from Lindenwood in 2010. I do not have a traditional education degree. Instead, I went through ABCTE to receive my education certification. I am also certified to teach high school history.”
Mrs. Borcherding has two children, Josephine, who is 3 years and two months old, and Frederick, who is 16 months. She loves spending every minute with them by cooking or playing. She mostly listens to Caspar Babypants with her children.
She was asked what inspired her to become a teacher, and she replied with, “I started out working in Fashion Design in St. Louis for a company that created clothing for large department stores. I found it to be unfulfilling. I wanted to do something that was truly creative and to make a difference in people’s lives.”
When asked why she wanted to work in New Haven, she stated, “I grew up in Stony Hill and attended New Haven from grades 4-12. I have traveled a lot and decided that the New Haven area was where I wanted to be. I like that it’s small. I like to know people everywhere I go whether that be the bank, the grocery, school, store, or the park.”
In 2008, Mrs. Borcherding was selected to travel to China for three weeks with a group of twenty teachers from the St. Louis area. The trip was funded by the Horace Mann foundation.
Thank you, Mrs. Borcherding, for being a creative teacher and being part of our Tradition of Excellence.