Director of the Literacy Program
Founder of the Immigrant Theater Class
Kathleen joined The ILC in 1998 as a teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). She began the Literacy Program for low-literacy adult immigrants in 2000. As director of this program, Kathleen oversees and coordinates four teachers and a large number of volunteer tutors and interns working with students who have limited or no literacy in their native languages.
In 2003, Kathleen embarked on a project with some ambitious students to write and perform a play depicting their immigrant experiences. This project has grown into the Immigrant Theater Class which gives high-level students a chance to enhance their English and public speaking skills through theater performance.
Prior to joining The ILC, Kathleen worked as a bi-lingual Spanish-English teacher as well as a software engineer. She has a BA in French Linguistics and a BA in Computer and Information Science, both from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French and German.