Katheryn Smith holds a multiple subject credential from Chico State University. She received her Master's degree from Chico in Special Education and Educational Leadership and has a Level 1 Administrative Credential. She is currently working on a Moderate/Severe Disability and Autism Credential. Katheryn shows an obvious pleasure in teaching and learning.
Katheryn came to YES Charter Academy looking for a school with "less formal structure", where it was acceptable to "have fun" with students. Education, she says, is a "journey," and students "should be able to enjoy the journey." Although she originally intended to major in English, after she and her husband served as group home parents to six troubled boys aged 8 - 18, she was inspired to enter the special education and school administrator programs at Chico State.
From 2007 - 2009 Katheryn worked for the Yuba City learning center, helping students to gain skills for rejoining normal classrooms. She then went to Johnson Park School in Marysville, teaching emotionally disturbed children at the K-6 levels.
Katheryn came to YES Charter Academy looking for something "more inclusive" that would allow a "more varied environment" with all kinds of students in the same classroom. She is interested in "applying the curriculum to different styles of learning so we don't isolate anyone."
For Katheryn, environmental study encourages "higher thinking, civic responsibility, an awareness of being a member of a community." She likes being in a small school because the size creates a feeling of community, and she values the idea of "really communicating" with others. Her philosophy is strait forward and clear; "I always treat students the way I want my children treated. I treat parents the way I want to be treated."
Katheryn envisions a bright future for YES Charter Academy. "I want YES to stand out across the county. We're going to signify genuine excellence in teaching students what it means to take care of the environment and community. We're going to become essential to the community."
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