Kate Steckmest holds two BAs, one in International Development Studies and another in Spanish, as well as a CELTA through Cambridge English, and she is working towards her Master of Arts in TESOL. Her roles leading international programs and teaching languages (Spanish and English) have taken her to Central and South America, Europe, and Oceania. She is an EAL Instructor and enjoys being involved in the local community; She is a member of BC TEAL's Private Sector Committee and volunteers working with newcomers through MOSAIC, and as a copy editor for Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre.
Kate is particularly interested in the interconnections between language and culture and is an advocate of recognizing and valuing diverse linguistic backgrounds. She aspires to practice cultural humility, approaching situations with curiosity and reflection. She enjoys attending SIETAR BC events because they provide opportunities to engage in dialogue with people from diverse backgrounds about topics that matter, and as a board member, she hopes to help with organizing these events.
In her free time, she enjoys exploring Vancouver by bike and improving her Italian language skills by participating in Italian book and film clubs.