Katherine was born and raised in Queens, NY. Being the only child of working-class Korean immigrants, her parents emphasized the importance of education for a happy, successful future unlike their own. However, Katherine soon realized that many students, including herself, were unable to have the same educational opportunities and resources as wealthier, more privileged students. Hence, she decided that her ultimate goal is to provide these same opportunities so that all students, regardless of economic or cultural background, can have first-rate education. To reach this goal, she wishes to start on a more local platform and directly be of help to students in the New Haven area.
Katherine's teaching experience began in Stuyvesant High School, a renowned STEM-oriented public school in New York City. As co-captain of the New York City Math Team, she led and mentored the novice team for two years. She was also captain of the varsity girls fencing team and a tutor in her school's National Honor Society. In her freshman year at Yale, she gained field experience in education. During spring break, she was matched to a week-long NYCDOE externship at a public elementary school in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and she shadowed/assisted the principal and teachers of grades K-5. For 6 weeks of her summer vacation, she also traveled to the Czech Republic as a teaching intern representing the US among college students from various countries. The interns taught about their cultures to students of ages 6-19 in Prague and the central Bohemian region, so that they can counter the country's xenophobia and help students feel more comfortable conversing in English. As soon as she returned to the US, she tutored rising high school seniors with their college essays.
Katherine has a love for reading, writing and editing, but due to the emphasis on STEM in her high school, she is now enjoying the diversity in humanities to the fullest extent at Yale. She is a Psychology major who is considering an English double major. Besides academics and UIC, Katherine is the Cultural Chair of KASY (Korean American Students at Yale); Secretary of UNITY, Yale’s Korean drum troupe; and treasurer/hip-hop choreographer in Danceworks. Outside of Yale, she has been continuously training in Korean traditional dance and percussion since the age of 4.
Fun fact: She absolutely love sharks, up to the point where she considered being a marine (shark) biologist!