A native New Yorker, Katina is the CAS/Events Coordinator and IB TOK teacher at Wells International School in Bangkok, Thailand. As a leader, educator and lifelong learner, Katina is an advocate for SDG 4: Quality Education. She sees her role in working towards achieving this goal as two-fold. Firstly, she is passionate about empowering youth through education and youth leadership. She has been a Model United Nations (MUN) advisor for over 5 years, and has been involved in other student-centered initiatives in the Bangkok region, such as the Compass Youth Empowerment Programme and the ServICE network. More recently, she helped organize and support a completely youth-led initiative, Youths for SDGs, an event focused on spreading awareness of the SDGs among international school students and supporting youth to create initiatives to take action towards the goals in their respective schools. It is through these channels that Katina supports students in finding their voices, discovering their passions, and empowering them to become leaders and forces of positive change.
Secondly, holding a PsyD in Human & Organizational Psychology, she wishes to also empower teachers by sharing knowledge and tools gained through her dissertation work on the influence of teacher emotional intelligence on student learning. Since completing her doctorate degree, she has been an active presenter and teacher trainer at several international educational and leadership conferences in the Asia-Pacific region, including UNESCO-APEID International Leadership Conference, centered around the theme of ‘Effective School Leadership for the 21st Century - Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals'. She believes that there is a significant need for leaders, teachers and students to be equipped with the necessary emotionally intelligent skills and capacities in order to thrive and contribute positively to society and thus, ensuring quality in education.