Phone: 480-272-8500 ext. 8558


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Elementary Education University of Iowa M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction National Louis University

Mrs. Katai

Welcome to 5th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies. My name is Carrie Katai, and I love being part of the wonderful school community at Horseshoe Trails. In 5th grade, we read a variety of fiction and non-fiction stories about many interesting topics.  In addition, we write short stories, essays, reading responses, poetry, plays, and so much more. I am extremely passionate about reading, writing, and history, and I can't wait to share my excitement with you this year. 

I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago but moved to Arizona sixteen years ago to be closer to family. I attended The University of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!) for my undergraduate degree and National Louis University in Chicago for my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. While living in IL, I taught 2nd grade for five years. This will be my tenth year teaching 5th grade at Horseshoe Trails, and I absolutely love it!

My husband and I have two amazing children. Paige is a junior at Cactus Shadows, and Grant is a freshman at Cactus Shadows. We also have two adorable pug mixes named Shermy and Millie, who we are all absolutely obsessed with!

I am committed to working hard to make this year an enjoyable, memorable, and successful year for everyone!

Contact Me: Carrie Katai

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Educational Philosophy
Seeing the incredible growth of my students, both personally and academically, inspires me each day. By promoting persistence, kindness, and accomplishment, I hope to instill confidence and compassion in my students.