Katherine McWalters

MONTANA BLACKFEET MIDDLE SCHOOL DIRECTOR

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Katherine McWalters grew up in the Northeastern United States—hiking, skiing and camping with her family. In some ways, she followed in the footsteps of her parents, both educators. She earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Secondary Education at the University of Rhode Island and set out on a career in teaching math. Her passion for helping youth unlock their full potential through experiential education has carved out a unique professional journey.  

Katherine started at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (the Met) in Providence, Rhode Island. At the Met school, in addition to teaching math, her responsibilities included assisting students with their service-learning internships and mentoring students in a personalized approach to education. 

From there, she moved to the Swiss Alps where she lived and worked at an international boarding school for seven years. The community of the school was an international tapestry and gave Katherine insight into customs and cultures from around the world, as well as an opportunity to learn some conversational German. This experience also fostered bonds with her students outside of the classroom. The school had regular backpacking trips as well as ski excursions (Katherine is an incredible skier!). These experiences created trust and respect among the school community and fed Katherine’s passion for experiencing the outdoors with youth.

After more than ten years of teaching high school math, Katherine moved to Bozeman, Montana, where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Montana State University in 2015. She remained a member of the Mathematical Sciences department to teach college courses full time. Katherine is excited to return to experiential learning with high school students this summer as the program director of VISIONS Montana Blackfeet, where she will also be joined by her dedicated leader team!

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