Kate Neff teaches 7th grade science and 8th grade Environmental Leadership. 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 the Little Shop of Physics, and worked in CSU’s TILT/Physics Department teaching a supplementary section of undergraduate physics. Kate received her undergraduate degree from 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 at school, Kate can often be found outdoors where she enjoys yoga, backpacking, building quinzees, and rock climbing. At home she's an avid reader/writer/illustrator and vegan baker. Kate loves to travel and is a fanatical collector of postcards & plants. As an undergraduate, Kate spent several months living in Iceland working in a forestry and studying sustainability. Post-grad and after a period of city-living in Brooklyn, NY, Kate traded skyscrapers for open skies and spent several months in Patagonian Chile, where she conducted field research in water treatment policy & principals. Her summers off have been devoted to physical chemistry labs, taking soil samples, white water paddle boarding, and hiking with mountain goats. 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.