Guy Joins Campolindo Science Department


Sophia Lohman

Ms. Guy stands in front of her APES classroom, smiling.

As the newest member of the Campolindo science department, Katherine Guy joined the staff as an AP Environmental Science and Geology teacher for the 2021-2022 school year.

Previously an 8th-grade science teacher at Orinda Intermediate School (OIS), Guy has always had a love for science. Originally from Brown Deer, Wisconsin, Guy recalls her high school science teacher who inspired her to pursue science. “So I’ve always been drawn to science. Then I had some really cool science teachers in high school, which is what encouraged me to become a teacher.”

Guy enjoys teaching and interacting with students, especially about science and said, “I love science. I really enjoy teaching students about something I enjoyed learning about when I was a student.”

To prepare Guy for teaching, science department head Roxanna Jackman suggested that she attend summer institute, a place for teachers to connect and collaborate at the end of summer before school started. “She got to have some time to work with the other geology teachers in the district and collaborate with them about how they’re going to [approach] teaching the geology class. She had time to work with Mr. Kauzer, as well as meet the other AP Environmental Science teachers in the district to share the way those classes are taught,” said Jackman.

In addition to suggesting that Guy attend summer institute, Jackman made sure to make her feel welcome and part of the whole team. “I know one of the really special things that made her feel welcome was [when] Mr. Kauzer gave her some of his Campo swag…I saw her last Friday wearing a t-shirt that Mr. Kauzer had given her [which made her feel like] part of the whole team,” Jackman added.

“My transition to Campo has been great,” Guy agreed. “The teachers here are super awesome and supportive. The students have been really great and focused and excited to be here, and the administration has been helpful. Smooth sailing so far.”

Furthermore, Jackman and the other science teachers often get together to go on science evening excursions and have dinner with each other. Jackman states that this “helps [her to be] available to help someone if they’re struggling.”

Guy’s students are also excited to welcome this new science teacher to Campo. Junior Eric Lee said, “I really like taking her class because I can learn how to be more environmentally friendly and conscious about what is going on in the world.”