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Kathy Leo-Nyquist has recognized her call teach in a variety of contexts with a variety of age groups since 1980. She has a B.A. in Psychology and her first master's degree in experiential education and began teaching in alternative high school classrooms in private and public schools. After working in a small rural elementary/middle school in rural Northern, California, she directed her own preschool for four years. She moved to Vermont in 1996, where she completed her Master's in Children's Literature and Reading and her VT license in Elementary Education with a Reading Specialist endorsement.
Kathy began teaching both Children's Literature and Reading and Language Development at Champlain College in Burlington, VT in 1998 later added curriculum development and the supervision of student teachers. She has also taught courses in Champlain's CORE, the general education curriculum. In 2009, she completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. Her research focused on developing teacher learning communities as models of teacher professional development. Kathy feels fortunate to have found her home at Champlain College, which has allowed her to share her love of teaching and learning with the teachers of tomorrow.