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Kate holds an undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Bank Street College Graduate School of Education.​


Kate founded The Downtown Little School with Adrian Hood in 1999. Kate was already well known by downtown families and fellow educators as the longtime Director of Pace Little School, the laboratory school for the Pace University School of Education. Kate taught courses at the University in Children’s Literature, Cultural Diversity and Children’s Play. When Pace Little School closed in 1999, the
Downtown Little School opened at 15 Dutch Street.


It is Kate’s philosophy of early childhood education that has shaped the school culture at the Little School. Her long history in the neighborhood has helped her build strong relationships with hundreds of families in the community. Little School alumni return as summer teacher’s helpers, and parents of alumni still check in with Kate for advice. She has over 40 years of experience working with young children, their families and their teachers.

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