Kat holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Antioch University New England and is a graduate of Hampshire College and Northfield Mount Hermon School. She began her place-based career in college when she began using the school farm as a classroom and laboratory to work with students of all ages. Kat focused her Division Three project (thesis) on the importance of including agriculture and hands-on, experiential education within academic curriculum and has essentially been on this path ever since. She sees every landscape, whether urban or rural, as an incredible resource for children to become place-based analysts and learn about the physical, cultural, and ecological characteristics of place.
Kat has worked in both public and independent schools, at camps, non-profit organizations, and on farms across the country. Before moving to Maine in 2014, she taught in upstate New York, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. In addition to classroom teaching, Kat has designed and published farm-based curricula, started school gardens and grown food for large communities, led hiking and nordic ski trips for children, taught horseback riding, and managed a diversified educational farm. Kat’s immersion in a variety of educational pedagogies and philosophies, including Waldorf and Montessori, have influenced her teaching style and understanding of best educational practices. She has researched and witnessed the benefits of hands-on, meaningful academic experiences for children first-hand, and feels that engaging the whole child in education is vital for individual development and success.
Kat is currently working towards a Certificate in School Management and Leadership through Harvard Business School online in collaboration with Harvard Graduate School of Education. She embraces the growth mindset and feels it is important to be a lifelong learner. Kat feels that every day brings a new opportunity to collaborate with and learn from the teachers, staff, and students she works with. Her goal as Head of the Elementary School at Chewonki is to make learning fun and applicable, for both students AND teachers. When she’s not at Chewonki with her amazing faculty and students, Kat can be found in Alna with her husband, Nick, and their two daughters, Ada and Maeve. In her spare time Kat loves to garden, bake, kayak, read, ski, and relax with her two cats, Pippin and Fen.
Kat was the founding teacher of the Elementary School at Chewonki and has devoted the last four years to making the program the best it can be. She is looking forward to year five!