Kate was born and raised in Wisconsin, where she grew up exploring the fields, forests, and streams in her neighborhood. After falling in love with the mountains on a family backpacking trip in Glacier National Park, she moved to Montana and bounced back and forth between the west and the Northwoods during her initial undergraduate experience. Kate’s previous employment experiences mainly involve wildlife research and management, although she has also spent time wildland firefighting, advising college students, and providing autism therapy. After spending several years as the Chronic Wasting Disease Processing Center Manager for the Wisconsin DNR, Kate eventually realized the missing link in career, and life, was teaching. Following that realization, she returned to school to obtain a teaching license in Biology and Environmental Studies at the secondary level. When she is not writing lesson plans and searching for new and exciting ways to engage learners, she travels across North America competing as a professional lumberjack. Her hopes are to one day join the US National team as they compete in Australia and New Zealand. Other than swinging around a razor sharp axe, Kate also enjoys cooking for other people (as long as they do the dishes), swimming, kayaking, catching frogs (pretty much anything involving water), biking, hiking, finding new music, a good flannel, and getting distracted by bugs, birds, plants and other wild things. Kate is thrilled to be part of the Conserve School community, and is excited about sharing experiences in the outdoors and fostering respect and understanding for natural phenomena.