Henrico’s Top Teachers – Kathryn Costley

Kathryn Costley turned a career as a social worker into one as a teacher who works with special needs students.

Costley, who is in her first year as a Henrico teacher, works with exceptional education students at Highland Springs High School who have mild to moderate physical or intellectual disabilities. She previously taught special education in Charles City County for more than a decade, following a career switch that occurred unexpectedly.

“I was in a master’s/doctoral program to get my degree in social work and started substitute teaching, fell in love and was offered an emergency teaching certificate,” she said. Fourteen years later, she knows she made the right choice.

The key to connecting with her students and their parents? Making school fun, Costley said – and developing relationships with students and parents alike.

“We have fun every day, so it doesn’t feel like I’m coming to school,” she said. “Everything we do is a lesson, whether it’s conversational skills, a community-based trip or working with general education students.”

Costley gives her cell phone number to parents of all her students and invites them to call or text anytime with input, concerns or questions.

“They may text me in the morning to let me know something,” she said. “The more open I am, as far as my time and availability, I find that the parents tend to be very discretionary in how often they contact me.”

Working with developmentally challenged students hits home for Costley, who grew up in Pennsylvania with an aunt three years older than herself who has Down Syndrome.

“She and I were like sisters [growing up],” Costley said.

Her personal experience and time as a social worker – during which she assessed people coming out of mental health facilities and worked in suicide prevention, among other responsibilities – help her each day in the classroom.

“It really prepared me for a lot of things that a traditional teaching curriculum may not have been able to,” she said.
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