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Steve Katz

Steven Katz graduated from the University of California, Irvine and earned his M.Ed. in Computer-Based Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He began teaching in southern California in 1990 and has been teaching internationally since 2003. Steven also taught two years in the teacher credential and masterís program of education at Chapman University in Orange, California. He currently teaches social studies and is the middle school technology integration specialist at Korea International School in Seoul, Korea. During his teaching career, Mr. Katz has specialized in social studies and technology, although he has been called upon to teach a variety of different subjects and be a technology coordinator, professional development coordinator, and a mentor teacher. He has been recognized in his school as Teacher of the Year, in the district as District Teacher of the Year Finalist, and was also awarded the Multiple Subject Outstanding Faculty Member at Chapman University in 2003.

Q & A with Steve Katz

If you weren't in education, what do you think you'd be doing and why?

I can't imagine being in any other profession. I love going to school every day.

When you were a kid, you wanted to be a ______? Why?

Why? Lawyer. I loved to argue.

What's your idea of happiness?

United family & a safe place to live.

Twitter changed my life because:

It allowed me to create professional development for myself when there were no opportunities for face to face PD.

What are your favorite books and authors?

Aztec, The Count of Mente Cristo

If you were dictator and had total control, tomorrow education would:

Hire Alfie Kohn to overhaul the entire system.

The biggest problem with K-12 education is:

The focus on testing & the lack of funding that education needs to be effective.

Do you have a motto you live by?

Iíve always wanted to visit: The Grand Canyon

What are your most treasured possessions?

Personal items inherited from my grandfather.

If you never had to worry about making money, what would you do?

The same thing I'm doing now. Teaching fulfills me.

What's the best piece of advice someone ever gave you?

Fix things yourself.