By Demetra Messolares, Art Teacher
Caitlin Spohrer was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico and was raised there and in Columbus, Nebraska. She has a BA in Literature from UCSB and a BCLAD Teaching Credential/MA in Education from UCSC.
She has worked in Student Affairs at both UCSB and UCSC coordinating various programs such as Student Orientation and Re-Entry Student Services. She has taught in a 3rd grade bilingual classroom at Alianza in Watsonville, small reading/ELD groups and reading intervention in Watsonville and Del Mar Elementary in the Live Oak School District, and has been a mom for almost 19 years.
Caitlin has done many volunteer activities including coaching and writing curriculum for the Mini Mermaid Running Club, tutoring adults in ESL, and coordinating parent volunteers in her children’s elementary school.
She has traveled a bit in the U.S. (Kauai, New England, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, Washington), as well as in Mexico, Canada, Ghana, New Zealand, Australia, England, France, and Germany. She would like to see more of the U.S. and return to Europe to see countries she hasn’t seen. She would also like to travel to Singapore and Japan and... everywhere!!
In her free time, Caitlin enjoys practicing yoga, hanging out with family and friends, doing crossword puzzles while sipping PG Tipps tea, walking on the beach, hiking in the mountains, reading, and writing. She recommends that everyone should read the book There, There by Tommy Orange.
A fun and unique fact about Caitlin is that she lived on a 120 acre pseudo-commune in northern New Mexico for the first nine years of her life in a log cabin with no running water or electricity and quasi-revolutionary (not to be confused with hippie) parents who strove to live off the land and advocated for environmental and social justice.
Caitlin's daughter’s rave reviews of PCS and her passion for working with English Language Learners and their families has attracted her to work at PCS. She is thrilled to begin this new chapter of her life and be a part of this warm and dynamic community.