Kate Gardoqui is a senior associate with the Great Schools Partnership. She has worked in public middle and high schools in New Mexico, Philadelphia, New Hampshire and most recently at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine. During her years at Noble, Kate taught a wide range of classes and served as a teacher leader in many capacities, including helping to lead the transition to a standards and proficiency-based system. She was awarded the 2007 Bob Costas Grant for the Teaching of Writing, was a state finalist for the 2011 Maine Teacher of the Year Award, and was named the University of New Hampshire Teacher Mentor of the Year in 2014. Kate has also taught for over a decade in the University of New Hampshire Literacy Institutes, which offers graduate-level classes for teachers. Kate graduated with a BA in English from Swarthmore College and earned her MS in teaching from University of New Hampshire. She lives in York, Maine, with her husband and two sons. She enjoys being with her family, reading, drawing, and surfing the waves at Long Sands Beach.