Katherine Rand, PhD is an interdisciplinary scholar practitioner with degrees in religion, public policy, and theology, and 20 years of experience in higher education, government, nonprofit, and healthcare settings. She brings a deep and abiding interest in matters of the heart, and intensive training in Buddhist meditation and healthcare chaplaincy to her role as a human development teacher.
Katherine was formed in the context of progressive education, attending a small Montessori school from age 3 through the 8th grade. Never one to follow a straight and narrow path, she feels like she's lived many lives since then, and knows through experience how important it is to nurture the strengths and passions of young people as they find their own place in the world. She is deeply committed to relationship-centered education and experiential and crosscultural learning. Katherine is focused on supporting the well-being of individuals and the communities they inhabit through fostering inclusion and belonging, and by working toward the healing of structural wounds through the cultivation of meaningful dialogue, mutual understanding, and connection.
Before becoming a parent in 2016, Katherine spent time in Indonesia, Mongolia, and Myanmar researching spiritually fluid identities, seeing a reindeer be born (for real!), and meditating for 6.5 months, respectively. Now, parenting has replaced silent retreat as her primary spiritual practice and, though the thought of travel always tugs at her, LA is one of the best places to be to experience the world without having to leave home so, may only deeper and more meaningful roots grow with TREE!