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Katreina Ostrander

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Being the oldest of five and growing up with several young cousins, working with children has always been a cornerstone of my life. After babysitting and nannying for several years, I decided to step into the classroom in college when I participated in a mentorship and tutoring program working with elementary school students. Through this program, I discovered a love for working with students, and I have not looked back.

Upon graduating from the University of Michigan and completing my Arts and Ideas degree, with specializations in Studio Arts and German, I moved from my home state of Michigan to Chicago to pursue my passion for working in education. The past two years, I have had the privilege of working in the Chicago Public Schools through a non-profit organization called City Year. During my first year with the program, I worked as a mentor and tutor in a fourth grade classroom, collaborating closely with a partner teacher to plan lessons, track students’ academic progress, and help the students with their social emotional growth. My second year of the program, I led a team of first-year City Year members in a wonderfully diverse public high school in Rogers Park. Through this role, I helped to support my team of peers as they navigated their roles, while also working closely with the teachers and administration in order to problem solve around the best ways to support the students.

Something I greatly value is people, especially young people, being exposed to diverse cultures and ideas, and I am thrilled at how much this school has to offer to help support this type of empathetic learning. I also hope to help support the students in exploring their passions through my love of the studio arts and performing arts, as well as my deep love for animals. I am so excited to be joining the BISC-SL community!