Kathy Zaleski

Who are you?

First and foremost, I'm a Zaleski and am super close with my family.  I love a good challenge, whether it is climbing a 14er or figuring out how to create more equitable communities.  Some labels I would use to define who I am is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Social Justice advocate, Restorative Justice Practitioner, Educator, and a connoisseur of podcasts related to government and politics.  

What led you to education?

I truly believe that when someone is provided an education, whether it is the public school system, HIV/AIDS prevention, or how to start a small business, that is something that you can never lose.  I believe education is the most sustainable resource available and a key to solving some of our world's biggest challenges.  It is extremely empowering to see some of the students I worked with in Macedonia and Kenya now pursuing university degrees and bringing important knowledge and skills back to their communities.  

What do you have a knack for? How did you find that out?

I have a knack for keeping plants alive and this is something that was passed down to me through my grandparents and Mom.  I helped in their gardens as a kid and continue to add to my plant collection today.  

What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?

This may sound cliche, but I am passionate about restorative practices and if I can find a way to talk about it, I will.  I try to read books and watch documentaries that have to do with social justice in order to keep building my own practice.  I volunteer and facilitate trainings with Longmont Community Justice Partnership and love to talk about this amazing organization as much as I can.  I also love talking about podcasts and sharing new things I learn with friends and my students.  One of my proudest accomplishments last school year was when a few students decided to make podcasts for a final project and they became more interested in podcasts from doing so.

Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?

When I'm not working, you can find me hiking for hours to a lake, summit, or a pass.  I love getting outside and exploring this amazing state.  There are also the days where it's nice to veg out on the couch and binge watch tv shows i.e. Parks and Rec, Master of None, Veep to name a few.

What would be impossible for you to give up?

Dark chocolate, hiking, and yoga.  I have thankfully never been in a situation where I've had to give up any of these things.