Kate Bates

Area Coordinator, Expanded Learning – Project SHARE
Shasta County Office of Education
California Hub | USA

Kate currently works as an Area Coordinator for Shasta County Office of Education.  She has more than 25 years of experience in the expanded learning field and continues to seek avenues for children to tap into their innate potential. She is passionate about kids having opportunities not always found in traditional classroom settings. Kate believes Nature is intrinsically healing, and she has been instrumental in re-opening Whiskeytown Environmental School (WES) for summer programs after a natural disaster. She developed WES as a hub site for Expanded Learning Opportunity Program summer camps, creating the opportunity for hundreds of students to spend time exploring and learning in a natural environment.

Kate gravitates toward marginalized student populations. She sees structural systems as instrumental in impacting students’ experiences. Her work with displaced youth highlighted the influence educational and social systems can have on perpetuating undesirable outcomes. Through her adoption of four kids from the California foster care system, Kate has had the opportunity to explore conventional underlying assumptions and mental models.  Additionally, she’s been able to practice self awareness, self regulation, and the creation of family systems that support and honor all members of her family. 

Kate holds a Bachelors in Psychology from Antioch College, and a Masters in Organization Development and Leadership from Fielding Graduate University.  She sees participating in the Certificate Program for Compassionate Systems Master Practitioners as a natural progression of her desire to deepen her self awareness and positively impact both students and adults throughout the educational system.