Fall 2018 John Jay Fellow
Hometown: Austin, TX
College: Baylor University
Degree: B.A. University Scholars
Katerina is from Austin, Texas, and graduated magna cum laude from the Honors College at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She received a B.A. in University Scholars, concentrating in Spanish and the Great Texts of the Western Tradition. She has presented on different Hispanic literary works both in Spain and at Baylor. She wrote her honors thesis on Don Quijote, and has been published for her research on Don Quijote, as well as Dostoevsky.
A fluent Spanish speaker, Katerina has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Europe. She began to be interested in teaching when she lived as a volunteer English teacher for a month through Buckner International, a Christian N.G.O. in the Dominican Republic. She studied Spanish literature and art history for a semester in Madrid, Spain, and has returned to Spain to complete a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Asturias. During her time in Spain, she started a bilingual book club at her school to create a space for her middle-school students to cultivate wonder through literature.
Katerina is passionate about the power of the written word, and its ability to convey Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in a way that surpasses the very word itself. She is interested in how education with a classical and Christian formation might be used as a medium for transforming the lives of marginalized populations. In the future, she plans to pursue postgraduate studies in the humanities, and dreams of working in the education sector with underserved communities.