Katharine joined the Opal community in 2009 as part of Opal Beginning School in the Early-Kindergarten classroom. This experience in the classroom strengthened her belief in creating a trusting, authentic learning environment that invites questioning and allows children the opportunity to explore the world around them as they build understanding from their own experience – which inspired her to complete her Education program at Portland State University. After her first year at Opal School, she knew she had found her home. In 2010 she took on the role as After School Program Coordinator. She was able to apply, practice, and expand what she learned during her first year with Opal to the then newly founded after school program. In 2013, she transitioned to Opal Charter School as an assistant teacher; then she moved on to co-teacher in the Willow community.