Kak Jarvis

Third and Fourth Grade Teacher

Kak has worked at FSM since 1997. She has a B.A. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota.

Early in her career, Kak worked as an Occupational Therapist with developmentally and behaviorally challenged children at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and the University of Minnesota Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. She specialized in working with children diagnosed  with Autism and Asperger syndrome, siezure disorders, depression, and Attention Deficit disorders. After 12 years, she left to start a day care in her own home. Not only was she able to care for her own son, she provided daycare for many FSM families. The choice to send her son to FSM for his education is what brought her to our school.

“I can’t imagine what I would be doing if we hadn’t chosen FSM. My son received a wonderful education from loving and brilliant teachers and I found a place to work that exemplifies all the values that I hold dear: working for peace, honoring that of God in every person, and developing a trusted community in which to learn and grow. ”

Kak has held many positions at FSM from front office worker, lunchroom staff, and as an aide within every classroom. She has shared classroom responsibilities with other FSM teachers in the Prairie and the Bayou and became the fulltime Bayou teacher in 2007.

Outside of teaching, Kak has also served on the FSM School Committee and was on the Committee of Trustees for 12 years. She enjoys all crafts, visiting art museums, and spending time with her family.

“I make it a priority to provide a rich classroom environment that is welcoming and predictable for the students. I work to provide the tools and opportunities for each child to do his/her best in all areas: academic, creative, interpersonal. I love when students question and begin to realize that there may be more than one solution, more than one way to analyze the material I present to them. I experience such  joy working with third and fourth graders: listening to the students’ ideas and interpretations, listening to them laugh and play, and watching new learning take hold and grow.”