Welcome to Third Grade Discovery
 Room B201 Lake Wilderness
Mrs. Haws


Dear Families;


          My name is Catherine Haws and I will be teaching the third grade Discovery class next year.  I was born and raised in Arizona but Maple Valley has been my home for the past 30+ years.  I raised 5 children who all attended Tahoma schools. I love teaching and have especially enjoyed my time in the Discovery Program.


I want to welcome you to Third Grade Discovery, I look forward to getting to know your child as a learner and individual.  You are your child’s first, best, and most powerful teacher. I will be your partner this year in providing an enriching year of growth and learning.  I am committed to honoring the uniqueness of each child as a learner, who will succeed given the right materials, environment, and encouragement.


  • Every student is unique with unique learning styles and interests
  • Every student deserves teachers who will discover and nurture his or her strengths
  • Actively engaged learning means students are moving often, talking with one another, and exploring a variety of resources. 


          In my class students will work in a variety of learning formats this year, including learning stations, small group instruction, collaborative teams, and individual work.  We create a safe, respectful learning environment which allows learners to engage in rigorous and meaningful work which meets and exceeds grade level standards and also provides opportunities for students to explore challenging curriculum and develop individual interests.


         All students will be working on challenging material this year and actively engaged in their learning.  There are times we will leave our comfort zone and that can be uncomfortable but learning comes from challenging yourselves. What an exciting year we will have!


          You will be hearing from me consistently throughout the year.  Feel free to contact me with questions you might have.  (chaws@tahomasd.us )


          Your input is valuable in building a background on your child’s strengths, dreams, and needs. 








Cathy Haws


Third Grade Discovery Program


Lake Wilderness Elementary