Kate Hash almost became an actuary. Because of her knack for numbers and statistics, it sounded like a good fit. But something would have been missing.
“I just love the interaction with our community and students,” she says. “I’m a people person — being a behind-the-desk actuary would not fit me very well.”
Luckily, she found her true calling when she became a calculus tutor in college. Hash, who teaches algebra I, algebra II and geometry, is now in her seventh year at Centerville High School. Before that, she taught for seven years in Nebraska.
Hash and her husband, C.J. Hash, came to Centerville for his job with Edward Jones. She wanted to stay in the Midwest, so he took the one opening that was in the area. Because CHS High School math teacher Bruce Frevert was retiring, Hash was able to get right back into teaching.
The Hashes are raising three sons — Sam, 8, Luke, 6, and Jacob, 2. She says her family loves the area’s natural beauty and the lake, adding that Centerville is really not that different from Hastings, Neb., where she grew up.
Hash attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb. Along with her major in math, she earned a Spanish minor. The Spanish came in handy when she taught a bilingual math class to ESL students in Nebraska. She says Spanish and math go together.
“It’s kind of all left-brained — that’s where your logistic side sits,” she says.
Besides being a Nebraska Cornhuskers fan, Hash has been a life-long Green Bay Packers fan. She and her husband try to get to a game once a year if possible.
Hash says her favorite part of teaching is relationships with students.
“I love their energy and learning something new every day,” she says. “And I like watching them discover learning, whether that be math or any other aspect about themselves.”
She says the importance of math cannot be overestimated.
“It’s the universal language of technology and science, and since we don’t know what our kids are going to be doing because their job probably isn’t created yet, it is our responsibility to teach them how to learn and how to problem-solve.”