Walton Rural Elementary announces new principal

Special to The Kansan
Kate Bremerman

For Kate Bremerman, who grew up on a dairy farm 5 miles west of Walton, the rural aspect of education was one of the things that initially drew her to the principal job at Walton Rural Life Center.

“I grew up with chicken, pigs, cows and any other animal you can think of,” Bremerman said. “I still go back to the farm daily to do things with my parents. I am very excited to get back to the agricultural roots I grew up in.”

Bremerman is in her fifth year of teaching and is currently at Santa Fe 5/6 Center as an ELA and science teacher. Before that, she taught first grade, third grade, fifth/sixth grade, science, writing and intro to computer systems at Plainville Elementary. In the past few years, she has taken on additional roles outside the classroom. She has been a girls basketball head coach and served on a number of committees, including the crisis and wellness committee and curriculum team.

Bremerman said her communication skills will make her a valuable asset at Walton Rural.

“I feel like I have very strong communication skills which is a huge part of being an administrator,” Bremerman said. “I also think I do a good job of seeing problems from every angle, not just one straightforward way of thinking, which I think will be helpful in the role.”

She is a Newton High School graduate and played basketball there and at Fort Hays State University. She has both her master’s degree in education administration and bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fort Hays State.

When she’s not at work, she enjoys being outside with her family and gardening.

Current principal Jason Chalashtari will be taking an administrator post at Maize South Elementary.