Hi, my name is Kelsey Otto and I joined Dishman in the fall of 2019. I graduated with a master’s degree in English and English as a second language from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. While I’m a Northern Idaho native, I loved living at the beach during graduate school and the last five years spent teaching in Western Washington. No matter where I’ve roamed, the Inland Northwest has always been home so it’s good to be back. I’m an outdoor enthusiasts and love adventuring with my dog Jaden, a retriever collie mix. As a lifelong learner it has been vital for me to travel and embrace the cultural and linguistic diversity the world has to offer; I’ve been to over 30 countries, as well as most of the United States. As a literature nerd I fully believe everyone is a reader they just need the right book. I also believe we ALL have the capacity to do great things and my goal as an educator is to help cultivate an environment that encourages each student to learn and pursue whatever it is that sets their soul on fire. Dream big!