Kate Neff is a third-year Mustang and teaches 7th grade science and 8th grade creative foods. She is a Fort Collins native with a M.Ed. from Colorado State University. Prior to Kinard, Kate student taught at Blevins Middle School, volunteered with Little Shop of Physics, and worked in CSU’s TILT/Physics Department teaching a supplementary section of undergraduate physics. Kate studied as an undergraduate at Franklin University Switzerland in Lugano, Switzerland (Parli italiano ou parle français? Talar þú íslenku? Come say hi!). She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a double minor in Political Science and French. She loves being part of the Kinard community!
When not in the classroom, Kate acts as a “Kate of all Trades”. Outdoors she enjoys yoga, backpacking, and rock climbing. At home she's an avid reader & writer, a violinist, a vegan baker, and an illustrator. Kate also loves to travel and is a fanatical collector of postcards & plants. During her undergraduate Kate spent several months living in Iceland, working in a forestry, and experiencing the magic of “Réttir” and Icelandic knitting circles. Post-grad and after a period of city-living in Brooklyn, NY, Kate traded the skyscrapers for open skies and spent two months in Patagonian Chile living in a tent and conducting ecological field research. With her diverse background and love of new experiences, Kate brings a broad perspective and an adventurous spirit to her classroom.
Having best learned with her hands in the dirt, eyes to the sky, and pushing through the struggle of new endeavors, Kate values an education that is creative, question-driven, and allows students the space to safely explore new topics and skills.