A founding faculty member of The School at Columbia, Kathryn Kaiser, current Primary Division Head, contributes her experiences as a curriculum developer, teacher supervisor, and teacher to The School. Kathryn has supported a literacy intervention program, Reading Rescue, in the public schools of District 6, where she assisted in the training of over a hundred 1st and 2nd grade teachers, reading specialists, and paraprofessionals in remediation for low-performing students. In addition to teaching preschool, she has taught Science, Social Studies, and special education to elementary students.
Kathryn works extensively with educational technology and has been awarded a grant from America's Clean Water Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Environmental Protection Agency to co-create storytelling and science software and curriculum. Kathryn co-founded Riverbed Media, Inc., a digital art studio through which she directed a number of educational outreach programs both in New York and abroad, including a robotics collaboration between the Frankfurt Ballet and the Lego Foundation for children. Other projects she participated in received a Guggenheim Fellowship, grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Computer/World Smithsonian Award.