Katrin "Kate" McElderry, has taught science, art, language, and literacy skills in both traditional and non-traditional settings; online and in the classroom. She currently teaches at The Odyssey School, a unique learning community for students with dyslexia. Trained and certified in Phono-Graphix, Orton-Gillingham reading programs, Spell Links word study, and the EmPOWER writing method, Kate holds a M.A. in instructional systems design and curriculum development. During her studies, Kate taught as a graduate assistant at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in the education department. She is a contributor to the Creativity and Education platform and serves on the Board of Directors for International Dyslexia Association in Maryland. A returned, Peace Corps Volunteer, Kate served in Paraguay working in schools and developing courses with universities and non-profit organizations. She has been developing curriculum and programs ever since. Besides South America, her in-person workshops have spanned the US, UK, and Ireland, with online workshops, serving participants from Kenya and Nigeria as well. Empowering youth, supporting parents, and connecting internationally, are some of Kate’s passions. The daughter of an artist, Kate is a believer in the arts as a form of self-expression, and also as a mechanism for learning and bolstering academic skills. She loves creating art herself and traveling when she can. In her free time, Kate takes advantage of a variety of outdoor activities with her family.