Meet Your NILA Board: Vice President Katy Cattlett

Katy Cattlett, Supervisor of Dual Language and World Language at Omaha Public Schools

Katy Cattlett, Vice President
Supervisor of Dual Language and World Languages
Omaha Public Schools

What was your motivation to become a language teacher?
My path to becoming a language teacher was unexpected. Originally, I wanted to teach English as a Second Language. My university required extensive coursework in a language other than English and I chose to study Spanish in order to hopefully communicate with my future students’ families. Eventually, I became bilingual and started teaching in bilingual programs. I found dual language and found my passion!
In five words or less, describe your classroom approach.
Enriched education for all!
What power do you find in speaking another language?
I have authentic access to others’ perspectives and experiences. With that access comes great responsibility. It is my responsibility to treasure the gift of a language that has opened so many doors for me. I must use this gift to increase equity for all.