Katie Sobczak Chau
Growing up climbing trees and swimming in the lakes of rural Michigan as the daughter of a teacher-father and a stay-at-home mother, Katie was lucky to attend well-funded public schools with project-based learning, lots of teacher autonomy, and many choices for students. However, after moving to Los Angeles for college at UCLA and volunteering at a city elementary school, she was dismayed to discover that the public schools did not offer equitable educational opportunities for all learners. Wanting to be part of the solution, Katie became an elementary school teacher trainer for the Peace Corps in Paraguay, and then became an educator for the Los Angeles Unified School District (first in a regular public school and later in a Waldorf-methods charter school). State budget cuts led her to stints in independent Waldorf schools, where she experienced the greatest educational freedom of her life.
Following the birth of her son, Katie connected with the homeschooling community in teaching a group of middle school students part time. She is excited to partner with parents in supporting and guiding their children on their own educational journeys through iLEAD Exploration. When not on local adventures in nature with her young son Oliver and her husband Garett, Katie can be found at home in Silver Lake trying out gluten-free baking recipes and new local restaurants, going on long runs, puttering around in the garden, or planning the next family camping trip.