"You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth...
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness..." -K. Gibran
As the child of a school employee, Katrina grew up with school as her home away from home. She pursued her teaching degree straight out of high school, but became bored and frustrated by the theory-rich and kid-poor program she was working through. Thinking teaching was not for her, she explored other pathways to a degree, eventually graduating from San Jose State with a Creative Arts degree with emphases in poetry, photography, and music history.
Struggling to translate this degree into a career, Katrina found her way back in her comfort zone: the classroom. She aided in kindergarten and interpreted sign language for a third grader and a high school freshmen before deciding where her heart and talent had been all along. She pursued her general credential while living and working in Exeter, then discovered a love for teaching science to her 5th graders there that led her to adding a second credential (in single subject science) to her resume.
Her degree in Creative Arts and credential in Foundational Science leaves her uniquely qualified (and enamored!) to teach the seemingly disparate combination of arts and sciences in middle school. She adores her job and loves collaborating with her talented team to strive for better learning for their students.
Katrina is also a devoted family member. Her husband is deaf, so she uses sign language at home with her husband and three children. She loves day hikes, poetry, knitting, and her dogs.