Katarina is an educator, lifelong learner, and adventurer. Her upbringing in a military family, and consequent moves and travels to multiple countries has impacted every aspect of her being. Her appreciation of different cultures and desire for connection leads her to travel off the beaten path. This passion and a mantra of “building character” led her on numerous service trips across the U.S. and an opportunity to study Educational Psychology in Mexico.
After receiving degrees in Special Education, Elementary Education, and an Art Endorsement, she taught Special Education, 3rd, and 4th grades, and led Military Club, a support group for students whose military upbringing was near and dear to her heart. Through these teaching experiences in U.S. public schools, she had opportunities to lead her team and present at staff development sessions, especially in the areas of writing and reading comprehension.
Upon finishing a Master of Arts in Language Teaching with a Concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), she moved to Greece to teach English at an international school. She taught ELLs from sixteen different countries, creating her own curriculum balancing reading, writing, speaking, and listening—all weaved into the content of multiple grade levels and subjects. She trained other teachers on how to adapt lessons for English Language Learners (ELLs) of all levels, and modeled lessons in classrooms of all grade levels that incorporated innovative, balanced, student-centered learning along with mindfulness practices to increase calm, focus, and self-control.
After Greece, Katarina moved to Panama to train English teachers in innovative English teaching methodologies, as well as classroom management. She currently teaches English to adult refugees in Nebraska. She continues to use a balance of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and culture to teach everything from daily interactions and slang to biography writing and history to prepare adults for the U.S. Naturalization Test.
When she’s not teaching, Katarina enjoys traveling, camping, and hiking; oil painting and other creative endeavors; and yoga and meditation which can be seen on her YouTube channel