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About Katie

Katie has had the privilege of calling the San Gabriel Valley home for over thirty years. She grew up in the same house her grandfather, a WWII veteran, bought in 1954. Katie and her husband, Cesar, decided to buy that very same home from her father so that they could remain in the San Gabriel Valley to raise their daughter, Astrid.

Katie is a product of local San Gabriel Valley schools in Azusa Unified (Ellington Elementary) and Covina-Valley School Districts (Las Palmas Middle School). She graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Education and earned her Master's degree in Secondary Education from California State University, Fullerton in 2015. As an undergraduate Katie had the opportunity to work for the Global Institute of Sustainability (now the School of Sustainability). Katie's interest in water science started when she witnessed a new type of pavement that allowed water to be absorbed back into the ground. The local fire department flooded the tiny parking lot and all of the water soaked into the pavement to replenish the groundwater. It was at that point that she decided to devote her life to science education.

Katie has been a local high school science teacher for 12 years. She started her teaching career in 2009 at her alma mater, Bishop Amat Memorial High School (C/O 2005) and joined the teaching staff at West Covina High School in 2015. She especially loves teaching her Biology and AP Environmental Science students about the important of water sustainability in San Gabriel Valley. As a teacher Katie has won multiple grants for her high quality water education. She has also mentored the young water scientists and engineers who participated in the Solar Boat program at her school.

Water is Katie's passion and many know her to be a “water nerd.” As an educator, she works every day to help shape future generations. Every young person should know the importance of water conservation, cleanup, and maintaining the current water supply so the San Gabriel Valley is less dependent on expensive outside sources.