Katie Routh has lived most of her life in Norwalk, Iowa. In 1951, she was born to parents, John and Lorraine Lear. John built their family home in Norwalk in 1953. Katie loved growing up in Norwalk. She loved the people, the schools, and the feeling of safety that comes from living in a small Iowa town.
She graduated from Norwalk Community High School in 1969 and then went on to earn a degree in Elementary Education at Simpson College. She was fortunate enough to be hired in her home town to teach second grade, which she taught for 21 years. After earning her Master’s Degree in Education from Drake University in 1989, she was instrumental in bringing cutting edge strategies to the district and was a teacher trainer for many years. She and four other teachers designed and then taught at the MAC (Multi-Age Classroom) School for 9 years where they were visited by educators from all over the world. Katie was chosen to be the Chamber of Commerce and Norwalk Public School Teacher of the Year in 1994.
She married Ron Routh in 1974 and they have 4 children, Rhett, Sara, Brandon and Carrie. Katie and Ron made a conscious decision to raise their own family in Norwalk, because they wanted their children to experience growing up in a small town.
Katie retired from teaching in 2007 and then did educational consulting, mentoring and was an adjunct professor at Simpson College, in Indianola, Iowa. For the last two years, she has been Co-Director of ASK Learning Center, a school for 3 to 13 year old students.
Katie is lifetime member of the Norwalk United Methodist Church. She is presently serving as UMW Chair, Mission’s Chair, music director for children’s Sunday School, Confirmand Mentor and member of the choir. She is a member of Goodwill Chapter #537 Order of the Eastern Star, the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, and Iowa State Education Association, Retired.
Katie enjoys singing, reading, baking, camping and being in or on the water. She loves to take road trips with her husband, especially to the west coast where two of her children are living.