Total loan: $3,650


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Ashland, OR, United States / Education

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Abram's story

Abram R. Katz, ONTASC Teaching Consultant and Program Director. Katz grew up moving back and forth between his mother, an ESL teacher/ naturalist, and his father, a real estate agent/ shamanic healer. Katz was a quiet, introverted child, spending many afternoons immersed in the creative process - drawing pictures, writing stories, building entire cities out of Legos. Katz clocked countless hours of deep self-exploration. As a teacher and consultant, he draws from this well of experiential knowledge to relate to students and help schools connect to the communities they serve. Katz’s high level of innovation creates unique opportunities for teachers to collaborate with their students and the local community, engaging everyone in the learning process, and bringing much-needed awareness of our shared experience. Katz's strength lies in his ability to assess the passions and challenges of diverse communities, and respond with dignity and inclusivity. Katz is committed to positive change through youth development and school-community partnerships. Katz is the co-founder of Indigital Kids, a SF Bay Area educational non-profit, where he brought expressive arts to underserved populations from 2005-2010. In 2008, Katz earned his B.S. from Expression College for Digital Arts, in Emeryville, CA. Katz is a focused, responsible, kind-hearted man with strong vision, and a unique ability to create art out of the human experience. Katz works closely with higher education institutions, offering teaching internships for pre-service teachers, and teaching consultation for graduate students and K-12 teachers. Katz currently lives in his hometown, Ashland, Oregon. He's still creating new, magical worlds, but now, instead of using Legos as his building blocks, he's working with youth, education and society.