WHO Am I?
My name is Katherine Olivia Potvin, and I am a Maryland certified ESOL K-12 educator. I graduated from Salisbury University with an ESOL K-12 education major. Having served as the after-school STEM program coordinator at Wicomico Public Libraries, I am well versed in adapting STEM lessons for English Language Learners. I believe that science should be accessible for everyone. After all, even English majors can benefit from learning CAD, coding, and robotics. I have left the United States to teach English in Erdenet, Mongolia as a Fulbright ETA.
When I am not writing lesson plans, you can find me failing at yoga and attempting to pursue minimalism.
Whom have I Worked with?
Fulbright ETA - Erdenet, Mongolia
I have received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Mongolia in English as a Second Language from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. I will support the teaching of English at Otgonbileg School of Technology at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) as part of a project to develop my own understanding of international education policy and to promote modern English teaching methods.
You can learn more by reading through my blog posts on my Fulbright experience.
Princess Anne Elementary School
March 2017 - May 2017
This elementary school is where I did the second half of my student teaching internship. I co-taught push in and pull out classes with my mentor teacher, for students in K-5. For the last portion of this internship, I solo taught the classes without a co-teacher and had to do all lesson planning and preparation alone.
James M Bennett High School
September 2016 - March 2017
This high school is where I did the first half of my student teaching internship. I co-taught ELL I and II classes with my mentor teacher. I had to plan lessons and assist my co-teacher in teaching an English 9 co-taught class for ELL and monitor students.
September 2016 - July 2017
Maryland Out of School Time (MOST) created the STEMbassador program to "address the growing demand for quality STEM programming." This program allowed 15 educators from Maryland to complete Digital Harbor Foundation trainings and to design programs that promote gender equality in STEM. The educators represented their counties as STEM experts.
Wicomico public Library
September 2015 - July 2017
I worked as a STEM Program Coordinator for 3 branches of the Wicomico Public Library. I ran the Build Explore Think program focusing on K-6 STEAM education. I also took part in the computer club, where I helped teach middle and high school students how to build computers that they were able to keep. These programs helped educate underserved students in Wicomico County.
SEPTEMBER 2015 - July 2017
ShoreCorps/PALS (Partnership for Adolescents on the Lower Shore) is the Americorps program at Salisbury University. This program supports at-risk populations on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This service program provides community based organizations with service members.
SALISBURY UNIVERSITY - WINS PROGRAM
June 2015 - August 2015
I worked as the Cultural Education Intern for this program that invited university professors from China to take part in a 4 week training of in-depth current theoretical TEFL/TESOL frameworks and authentic classroom and cultural experiences. I oversaw out of state excursions, multimodal displays, coordinated online information sharing and educated scholars on the history and cultural impact of the American government.