Kate is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington. Before coming to UW as a doctoral student, she was an elementary public school teacher in Southwest Seattle. She is a proud graduate of Southeast Seattle Public Schools and comes from a family of public school teachers. In fact, she frequently can be heard exclaiming, “I love teachers!” and understands the knowledge and support they need to succeed. Since 2010, she has worked with teacher candidates as a coach and instructor at the University of Washington. She does this work, simply, because she believes in families, students, communities, and teachers.