My name is Kate McDowell, and this year is my eighth in education. I grew up in Joliet, IL, and moved to Missouri in 2004 to study journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I spent three years working as a writer at a newspaper in South Carolina before beginning a career as a teacher. I have a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction as well as certification for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. This year is my second at KCIA, and I am so excited to be working in a place with such amazing diversity and a strong team of educators. This year, I am supporting other teachers at KCIA to best serve our English language learners and ensure effective, rigorous instruction in our primary classrooms. I love to travel, especially to Spanish-speaking countries. I have studied Spanish for several years and have traveled to Spain, Mexico and Guatemala to improve my language skills. In my free time, I also love to read, try new restaurants and spend time with family and friends. My family includes my husband, Sam, and my sisters and parents, who live in Chicago.
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