Subjects:All Primary/Junior subjects
About:Kate was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario and has graduated from McMaster University with an BA Honours Degree in Sociology. She currently resides in Toronto and attends OISE, U of T as a Teacher Candidate in the Master of Arts in Child Study & Education Program. She has completed teaching internships with the TDSB and TCDSB in both primary and junior classrooms. Kate’s passion for child development and research-based practice has flourished while at OISE. She has had the privilege to explore and learn with the education department at U of T’s Laboratory School, the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. Kate has come to appreciate a child-centered approach to learning –a belief that is at the forefront of her teaching philosophy.
It is through her work and volunteer teaching experiences that Kate had developed her love for working with children. Throughout her undergrad Kate volunteered with the McMaster Athlete’s Care Program to help facilitate after schools programs in the city of Hamilton. Here, Kate stumbled upon her research interest of equal and equitable access to education and her love for play-based learning. Her desire to teach did not stop there! Kate went on to become a Professional Skate Canada Coach and worked with skaters as young as 3 years old. Kate was able to hone her teaching skills and combine them with her lifelong love for figure skating. Kate also appreciates the chance to work with children one-on-one, as she believes that building good personal rapport with even her youngest students sets them up for success. She strongly supports allowing students to develop their own passions by keeping learning fun and interactive while continually challenging their thinking. In her spare time Kate loves to spend weekends on the waters of Muskoka and hiking the trails with her dog.