Catherine is in her second year as a first grade teacher at Learning Without Limits in Oakland’s Fruitvale district. Prior to working in Oakland, Catherine was a Teacher-in-Residence at Achievement First in Brooklyn, NY. Catherine is dedicated to ensuring that even our youngest students are imbued with a sense of agency.
Why public education?
Innovation in our public schools is paramount to the success of our most underserved students. Students should thrive because of the system they are a part of, not despite it. My wish is for all students to enter into a system in which they are valued and encouraged to speak truth to power.
I am continually inspired by the history of social activism in Oakland. Every day I see parents and families advocating for their children and their community. There is an incredible confluence of cultures in Oakland, and this diversity is what makes Oakland a city that fosters innovation.
What are your vices?
Ice cream and cupcakes, usually eaten as a late night snack!