I’ve spent the majority of my career building up special education programs in charter schools and have become passionate about the specialized education a charter school can offer students with diverse learning needs. Working with Watershed has been especially exciting because an environment-based education naturally supports all students: significantly those who might not fit the traditional school model’s mold. One of the most rewarding parts so far about working with this team has been how it has affected my approach to parenting: I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old and involvement with Watershed continually reminds me of the necessity of getting kids outside to get their hands into their learning.
Kathryn Chib began her career as a special education teacher and went on to work as an education program contractor, manage special education programs for various Los Angeles charter schools, and start and develop a Type II school for students with autism in Prince George’s County. She most recently founded a Maryland advocacy group that assists parents with navigating the IEP process and consults on programming inclusivity practices for area schools and other institutes. Ms. Chib’s educational background includes an M.S. in Special Education from the University of LaVerne, an Autism Authorization from UCLA, and completed coursework for an administrative credential from Johns Hopkins. Her B.A. is from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and two children.