Kate Yocum is an Echo Group principal who has been working in education for fifteen years as a teacher, trainer, program specialist, and researcher. She has worked in public school districts in the US as well as in Namibia, Eritrea, Guatemala, and Finland. Her areas of interest are in language and literacy education, second language acquisition, and immigrant education. Ms. Yocum has researched immigrant education programs in Finland as a Fulbright grantee, and has worked on several USAID projects. In Quiché, Guatemala, she carried out a needs assessment in rural communities as part of the Access to Intercultural Bilingual Education Project (PAEBI); and in Okahandja, Namibia, she supported teachers and community members to increase school- community-based literacy with the Assisting Namibian Education through Community Effort (ANECE). She began her career in education as a Peace Corps volunteer in Eritrea as a rural school teacher, and went on to earn her Ed. M. in international education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has worked extensively in curriculum, assessment, mentoring, community involvement, and teacher leadership. She is a certified education administrator in the State of Oregon.
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