Consultant Cate Biggs at the 2010 World Affairs Challenge
Cate Biggs, Writer and Consultant
Cate Biggs is a consultant to World Savvy, helping to formulate the concept of The World Savvy Monitor and serving as the Lead Researcher and Writer of the publication. Cate is the Founder of Writing for Global Engagement a consulting practice dedicated to a broad notion of global education – life-long learning in any context. In addition to writing for the Monitor, Cate creates customized reportage for NGOs, foundations, and others who are working to address critical issues in the global community. She has recently traveled to Rwanda and Liberia on documentary projects, and is writing a book on development in post-conflict societies. She has a B.A. from Yale and a Masters in Social Welfare Management and Planning from Berkeley. Cate lives in Mill Valley, CA with her husband and three daughters. See her blog at http://graspglobalpoverty.wordpress.com/.
Erin is a passionate educator, artist and activist who has been involved with World Savvy as a participating teacher, advisor and consultant for more than 5 years. She has a BA in Spanish from University of Portland; a Masters in Teaching from Lewis & Clark College, and credentials in teaching middle/high school English and English Language Learners. She taught 7th grade in Ewa Beach, Hawaii and high school at Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. Currently she is a middle and high school outdoor education instructor in Portland, OR. Her latest work with World Savvy includes contributing to the writing and editing of the Media & Arts Program Curriculum Guide on Sustainable Communities.
Kelly Korenak, Curriculum Consultant
Kelly Korenak is a teacher and social worker, and has long been interested in global issues and finding ways to bring these issues and a sense of activism to youth. She has a BA in English and Education, and taught middle school language arts. She is also an active member of the community, and has volunteered as an ESL tutor, as well as being a long-time member and student leader with Amnesty International. In 2003, she graduated from Columbia University with a MSW in International Social Work, after which she worked with the International Rescue Committee on programs for refugee youth and psychosocial programming for youth uprooted by conflict and natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina. At World Savvy, Kelly combines her experiences and talents in education and global affairs by designing global issues curriculum, and supporting and training teachers to incorporate more global issues into their classrooms.
Laura attributes much of her love for other cultures to the year she spent living abroad in Spain during high school. Stepping out of her normal day to day at age sixteen was powerful, and she was thrilled to pay that experience forward at World Savvy through developing and managing the international program for three years. Some other experiences that have most impacted her were teaching migrants and refugees from Burma along the Thai-Burmese border, performing in a touring educational theater company, and leading service learning trips to Central and South America. Laura holds a masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a self-designed Bachelors of Science in social and political theater from Northwestern University. She speaks English and Spanish.
Laura is now involved with World Savvy as a consultant, and is excited to stay connected to this incredible, growing organization and the community of youth, educators, and supporters that surround it!