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Katie Gibbons


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B.S., Elementary Education, Elizabethtown College
M.A., Educational Leadership and Administrative Services, Mills College
Teaching Credential, Advanced Trainer of Social and Emotional Learning, Six Seconds, The Emotional Intelligence Network
Teaching Credential, Administrative Services, California
Teaching Credential, Multiple-Subject Teaching, California, Alaska, Pennsylvania

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Approaching education with great purpose and passion, Katie has devoted the past eighteen years of her career to devising the best tools to unlock students’ intellectual, creative, and emotional potential. Specializing in learner-centric, inquiry-driven, differentiated, and project-based curriculum, Katie makes learning come alive so that it becomes a transformative experience.

For more than ten years, she has taught K-5 classes in a variety of educational settings — an urban charter school in Pennsylvania, a public school in a rural Yupik village in Alaska, and private schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. For five years, Katie has served as an administrator at two K-8 independent schools that she has helped to establish in the Bay Area: She was the Founding Teacher and Associate Head of School at Synapse School in Menlo Park and the Founding Head of School at AltSchool, Fort Mason campus.

Committed to creating a safe and innovative learning environment for students and faculty, she co-authored the book, "TRUST or DOUBT: Essential Strategies to Co-Create Thriving Teaching Teams." ​