My name is Austin Wetrich and I am the 3rd Grade Newcomer Specialist. I began my journey into education 3 years ago when I joined the team at KCIA as a 3rd grade teacher. Last year, I spent the majority of my time teaching the 5th grade Sheltered Newcomer class. This experience led me to my current role. I graduated from UMKC with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 2018, and have since completed my ELL Endorsement through Missouri Western State University. I am currently working to finish my Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL). My life outside of school consists of spending plenty of time with family and friends, working in my garden, listening to new music, and exploring Kansas City.