Balchak, Katie (5th Grade)

Welcome to Miss Balchak's 5th Grade Class

miss B I  am looking forward to continuing this great start to the school year!

As we continue the year using our personal devices, students will often access this website:

They will continue to use this site for classroom projects, research, and to access links to frequently used sites.   

A bit about me:  This is my 11th year teaching elementary school students.  At this point in my career I have taught 3rd and 5th grade.  Prior to that, I lived in Ohio where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Education from Kent State University.  In 2010, I obtained my National Board Certification in Literacy.

Since moving to Asheville, I have enjoyed exploring all that Western North Carolina has to offer, especially the beautiful mountain views.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to live music, and traveling.  During the summer of 2016, I spent time traveling to the Pacific Northwest, visiting San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, Canada.  It was incredibly beautiful and relaxing!  This year I will be encouraging students to "DO YOUR BEST!" and "BE YOUR BEST!" as they are setting a positive example as leaders in the school.  If you have any questions, praises, or concerns please email me at, call the school, or send a note.

"Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future" -John Fitzgerald Kennedy