Katherine Western
Interim Director, Global Engagement Program
Spanish
kwestern@allendalecolumbia.org
(585) 641-5220

Kate comes to AC from Fairport High School where she taught for 11 years. She served as Fairport’s Coordinator of the Academic and Cultural Explorations Program for two years and the Coordinator of the Irish Exchange Program for four years. Kate taught in Onondaga Central Schools and Rochester City Schools in addition to teaching Spanish to students aged 3-7 at the Webster Montessori School. Additionally, she served as the Academic Director of the American Language Institute at Nazareth College for four years and was also an English as a Second Language Instructor in that program for six years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Adolescent Education and a Master of Science in Inclusive Education from Nazareth College, as well as experience studying at the Instituto de Estudios Espanoles in Valencia, Spain. 

Why/how did you decide to go into this line of work?
I had a defining moment in 8th grade, among other guiding experiences throughout my life, that brought me to my work as a Spanish teacher. My 8th grade Spanish teacher was asked to select one student to take her role for one day (a long standing school tradition) and she selected me. I vividly remember sitting at her desk looking at her plans, helping her grade papers, and conducting the lesson she planned for my peers. I knew at the close of that day that I was destined to become a Spanish teacher and I haven’t looked back since!

What’s the best part about working at Allendale Columbia?

I wanted to join the Allendale Columbia community because I wanted to create a holistic Spanish language program that includes research based pedagogy for second language acquisition along with international travel and the AC culture supports this.

What’s your favorite quote?

“You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.” – Ella Maillart

Please list a fun or interesting fact about you people may not know.

I was born and raised on a 600 acre dairy farm that has been in my family since the 1800s.