Mrs. Jacobson

Kathryn Jacobson

Kathryn Jacobson

  • 7th/8th History
  • Westminster School
  • Education: B.A. Politics and History, Washington and Lee University; Master’s Secondary Social Studies, Columbia University Teachers College Years at Westminster: 6 Years Teaching: 9
  • 703-256-3620

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." - Atticus from Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird


Mrs. Jacobson incorporates a variety of primary sources in her teaching, including original letters, diaries, political cartoons, and art because they help reinforce concepts introduced in lectures and reading, and make the information come alive. Mrs. Jacobson identifies her most rewarding moments as those when students have intellectual breakthroughs and are able to connect ideas discussed previously with something current.  Her aim is to help students understand the emotions historic figures experienced, the dilemmas they faced, and the motivations they had for the decisions they made. Mrs. Jacobson’s outside interests include photography, film of the 1930s and ‘40s, and Women’s History.