MEET KATHERINE

New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Schools
Parent

I am mom of 2 children in the district. Since my children's first day in kindergarten, I have been an active member of the DSUSD community. Classroom volunteer, school volunteer, and I served as Secretary on the School Site Council during the 2019-2021 school years. I have seen my children thrive, teachers give their all, and the school changing lives. I have also seen the struggles. Every member of the family went virtual in 2020 and I saw the passion, dedication, commitment from teachers and staff. 

Educator

I started my journey as a zookeeper and wildlife educator here in the Coachella Valley (The Living Desert) and Minnesota. Whether at the zoo or bringing the zoo into classrooms, I taught students across this valley. It was here I saw the power of education. At the start or the pandemic, I saw a need in our district. Our teachers were performing miracles. They were learning new technology, creating platforms, and teaching their students. They needed support. I became a Guest Teacher (substitute). I worked virtually and then in person throughout the district. At the start the of 2021 school year, I became the Art Specialist at Gerald Ford Elementary. In this role, I provided a classroom for each student to express their creativity in a verity of ways. 

Community Member

Growing up visiting my grandparents in Palm Desert to then settling down here as a family, I have seen this valley grow and change. It is no longer just a warm place to vacation; it has become a place for all families to create generational roots. Desert Sands Unified School District is a leader in the valley in developing families. As the valley grows and changes, so should the district. The past couple years have been hard on the entire public school system. Things that were working in the past, do not work anymore. DSUSD has the opportunity to avoid returning to a normal that wasn't working for all students, but can create a new normal. One that builds upon what we have learned and experienced. A future that will benefit not only our students, but the entire Coachella Valley.

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