Kate Koontz

My Story

My family moved to Pittsburgh from Michigan when I was in the 1st grade and have been here almost ever since. I briefly lived in Hampton Roads, Virginia where I taught 4th grade after college and very much enjoyed my short time there. The oldest of 4 children, I have a younger sister and two younger brothers. My youngest brother has Down Syndrome and when he was born, I was 14. This experience greatly shaped me as an adolescent person, my adulthood, as a mother of two boys, and also as a professional. I have a love for learning new things and expanding my understanding of myself and others.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I am a huge Harry Potter, Disney, and warm weather fan.  I probably should live in Orlando!

I probably am found home with my two boys (Grayson and Chase) and two pugs (Winston and Apollo).

My Career Story

Kate joined System 1-2-3 in 2017 with a wealth of experience from the field of Behavioral Health. Before joining us, she was a Clinical Behavioral Health Director and she has training in how trauma affects brain function. Kate facilitates alongside the teams she joins to help them better understand the behavioral symptoms of trauma in the lives of young kids. She’s passionate about the work that she does and is always looking for ways to learn about how adults can help young children with trauma in their past succeed in the present.

“During her time in our classroom, she displayed an impressive ability to assess student interactions and behaviors. She focused on a strength-based approach to support the children. Kate has a very strong skill set to work with a diverse range of students. She values teacher-input and truly listens to the areas of need in your classroom. Kate cares deeply about the whole child and creates plans that empower the students to do their very best. Kate is patient, kind, understanding, and caring. She was beyond helpful and a pleasure to work alongside.”
Alyshia Ciaramello
Pre-K Teacher, Pittsburgh Public Schools