My name is Kayleen Stragier and I am teaching preschool this year. St. Charles has always played a huge role in my life. I am a proud alum of St. Charles (class of '99), my mom taught here for several decades, and my brothers, nephews, and nieces all graduated from here. The St. Charles community has always had a family sense to me, so when I came to teach here it felt like I was coming home. When I am not teaching I enjoy the outdoors, running, baking, and spending time with my husband, daughter, and dog.
I grew up in the Seattle area. I attended St. Francis of Assisi Grade School, Holy Names Academy and U of W, all in the Seattle area. I was married to my husband, John for over 45 years before his passing. I have two daughters, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. I have been teaching preschool at St. Charles for 28 years. Catholic education is my passion.
I have gone to private school my whole life, starting at St. Joseph Catholic School in Issaquah WA from K-8, to Eastside Catholic High School, and then Gonzaga University. I graduated from Gonzaga with a degree in Psychology and then did their Masters of Initial Teaching program and got endorsements in Reading and English Language Learners. I have been at St. Charles since 2017 and love teaching Kindergarten here! I have a rescue dog, Duke, that I am obsessed with and during my time off I like to travel.
I received my BA from Washington State University in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. I have been part of the St. Charles community since 1994. I have teaching experience in Preschool, Second Grade and First Grade.