At a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
I’m Katie, the creative force behind Gift of Curiosity. Here are 10 things to know about me and my family:
- I am the mom of two wonderful and curious kids: a son who loves to ask questions and a daughter who loves to sing and dance.
- My kids are ‘virtual twins’: they were born in 2009 just five months apart, but they joined our family 1.5 years apart from each other through the blessing of adoption.
- Due to lack of early stimulation, both of my children were developmentally behind when we adopted them. By providing them with enriching learning experiences – including lots of sensory play and other hands-on learning activities – they are both thriving today!
- I am married to my college sweetheart, who is an amazingly supportive partner and a wonderfully hands-on father.
- I am innately curious, and I try to inspire this trait in my own kids. I believe that as parents, we are our children’s first and best teachers in learning about the world around them!
- I have a master’s degree in education, and my primary work experience is in literacy programming for children ages 3-9.
- In 2013 I completed my Ph.D. in child development at Stanford University. Even though it was pretty chaotic juggling a husband and two kids while pursuing my degree, I’m passionate about learning how best to help kids succeed.
- My Ph.D. research focused on (1) family practices related to children’s bilingual language and literacy development and (2) the relationship between recess and students’ social skills.
- In college I worked as the graphics editor for my school newspaper. Today I put my graphics know-how to work creating fun and educational printables that I share at Gift of Curiosity.
- I love to encourage open-ended, creative play. For this reason, my favorite toys for kids are things like building blocks, art supplies, pretend food, and dress up costumes.
Curious to know more about Gift of Curiosity? See my About Gift of Curiosity page.
Family picture taken in 2012.