Katherine Clunis D’Andrea teaches 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds at the Mission Hill School and is an adjunct professor at The University of Massachusetts Boston. A passionate schoolyard ecologist and environmental activist, Katherine has spent the past several years working with scientists and educators to help children and teachers deepen their understanding of science. She is also a self-proclaimed “playist,” advocating for play-based education and the importance of children and families connecting with the outdoors. She is a change leader for Ashoka. When not in the classroom or schoolyard, Katherine is a passionate world traveler and has worked with children in the Caribbean, Africa, South America, and Europe. Katherine has been teaching for 17 years. She is the author of numerous articles, such as “Trust: A Master Teacher’s Perspective on Why It Is Important. How to Build It and Its Implications for MBE Research” for Mind, Brain and Education, and “Tips for Helping Children Learn: The Three L’s” for pbs.org. Katherine lives in Roxbury with her partner and son.