Kathryn Petruccelli holds a B.A. in Latin American & Russian/East European Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey). She has taught English Language Learner-focused writing, poetry & storytelling to a wide range of students including teen moms, Mexican farm workers, university students, group home kids and Hungarian high schoolers.
Before moving to the region, Kathryn co-hosted poetry readings, spoken word events and open mics in Monterey, California and contributed regularly to the Monterey Herald‘s community events insert. Her book reviews and audio interviews with literary figures such as Isabel Allende and Nikki Giovanni aired on KUSP radio 88.9FM Santa Cruz and bookotron.com. Kathryn has performed the poetry of Muriel Rukeyser, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay and works from the journals of Una Jeffers in collaboration with the Robinson Jeffers’ Tor House and The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts in Carmel, CA. She has performed as Civil War wife Susan Blackford in the dramatic reading of “Love Letters of Lynchburg” both in Monterey, CA and Lynchburg, VA.
Kathryn’s love of language and drama found a new place to roost when she became certified in teaching American Sign Language to parents, babies and preschoolers in 2012.
Kathryn’s poetry and essays have been published in a variety of places, including, most recently, The Gallery of Readers’ Press 2017 Anthology Celebrating Writers of the Pioneer Valley. Her piece “How to Read This Essay” won San Francisco’s 2015 Litquake Festival essay contest.
Kathryn joined ECT in the fall of 2016 and looks forward to an exciting ride. She loves gardening and creme brulee and believes the benefits of being near the ocean cannot be overstated.
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” I learned many ways to focus children’s attention using quick activities. I gained suggestions for ways to stimulate discussion and expand vocabulary and oral language for my ESL students.”
~ Holyoke Public Schools Kindergarten Teacher