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Kate Thirkill » About Kate

About Kate

Fun Fact: 'Kate' is short for 'Catherine'

Teaching background:

I am an English language teacher at Highlands Community Charter School. I am currently getting my M.S. in eLearning from CSU East Bay. I have been teaching English at various sites and locations since 2016. I first started teaching English when I moved abroad to a relatively small city outside of Shanghai, China. After I moved back to the United States, I worked with a partner nonprofit of Highlands, called Bach Viet. That's where I first learned of Highlands. I liked everything that I heard about Highlands and so eventually, I moved to teach at Highlands.
I have taught a variety of ages and levels ranging from literacy level to advanced English learners. Personally, I love to learn. I believe that lifelong learning is the best way to keep life interesting and it opens yourself up to more opportunities.  I am excited to work with students who are interested in continuing their learning journey. 
I currently teach morning classes at the Crossroads site located in Citrus Heights and evening classes at the Marconi Site located in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento. 

Outside of teaching:

I like to stay active. I really enjoy running. I have done a number of races, 5ks, 10ks, 15ks, and one day I hope to do a marathon. But my favorite thing is being able to run multiple times a week. I also enjoy swimming, biking, yoga, and hiking in nature.