Kat Taylor

IMG_0900Co-Lead Teacher – Upper Elementary

Originally hailing from Germany, Kat’s childhood was spent globetrotting with her small military family. At a very young age, she got to experience the art, food, architecture and traditions of many different cultures, and was appreciative of every moment she spent traveling with her family. She settled into North Carolina, after her father retired in Raleigh, and fell in love with the Appalachian Mountains. She attended UNCA, where she received a degree in Art, and quickly discovered that forcing creativity for cash was not her calling. She delights in exploring many career avenues, including veterinary technician, nanny, and working with the special needs population. Having heard of the Montessori philosophy before, teaching had been on her back burner for many years until the fates would have her working as a one-on-one worker with a student at MESA. Instantly, she fell in love with not only the philosophy, but the school itself. This fueled her decision to enter a MACTE accredited teaching certification program for both upper and lower elementary, from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. She now holds an Elementary I & II (grades 1-6, ages 6-12) Montessori Certification.  She teaches the oldest students of MESA, where she brings to life her wealth of knowledge about biology, environmental science, and social science.

In her time away from the classroom, Kat enjoys exploring and foraging with her dog in these beautiful mountains (mushrooms are among her favorite finds). During warm months, she is an avid gardener and wildlife rehabilitator, while Winter brings time for painting, drawing, reading and fiber arts. She shares a wonderful life with her many animal companions.

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