Housing Supports and Strengthens Jackson Hole

Jackson is a tight knit community where friends greet each other at the post office, grocery store, music events, on trails, and at the library. There’s an underlying care for each other here and a fierce need to preserve the unique magic of our town. My name is Kate Kool, and I work for the Teton County School District as a Kindergarten teacher. My husband Daniel teaches 2nd grade at Munger Mountain School.

"But the truth is, for many people, securing stable housing in Jackson is not realistic. Because of this, I know Jackson to be a transient place where hardworking and talented people are forced to move away due to housing circumstances. If affordable housing were not available to us, we would eventually have to leave Jackson as well."

Daniel and I are grateful to have the opportunity to teach in Jackson, and we believe our school district is one of the best in the country. We are motivated to help misunderstood kids find their voice. We love reading and sharing stories, and we love to hear their untethered stream of consciousness (remember, I teach Kindergarten). We believe kids want to learn while have fun, and our job to is empower them to do so.

But the truth is, for many people, securing stable housing in Jackson is not realistic. Because of this, I know Jackson to be a transient place where hardworking and talented people are forced to move away due to housing circumstances. If affordable housing were not available to us, we would eventually have to leave Jackson as well.

This year an affordable home became available to our family through the Housing Trust. The staff helped us through the purchasing process and graciously answered all of our questions. Now, through this opportunity, Daniel and I can continue our jobs as educators and give back to the community that has brought us so much joy.

This year, the Housing Trust along with David Stubbs produced a short video highlighting how housing supports education in Teton County. Click here to watch. 

Posted by Stefani
Sep 5, 2019