Kay received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara and worked for seven years for a non-profit peace and social justice citizens’ organization, becoming the program director of the Santa Cruz office, and later the Associate Development Director of the San Francisco office. She has attended multiple trainings in Nonviolent Communication, and has been teaching these conflict resolution tools to students for the last five years.
After receiving her master’s degree in Transformative Arts from John F. Kennedy University, she coached high school and middle school volleyball, and taught Physical Education for five years. She earned her teaching credential from Holy Names University in Oakland. Kay works hard in her classroom to respect and cultivate what she calls “the Three Grandmothers of Joy”—Awe, Wonder, and Beauty. She strives to co-create a classroom culture with her students that is alive with inquiry, joy, and happiness. Kay works daily to provide multiple entry points for all learning preferences—visual, kinesthetic/somatic, tactile, auditory, and musical—in her approach to teaching. Kay is passionate about dancing, camping, and social justice.