TEAM SCHOLAR SUPPORT
Gina Voladora, Education Specialist
Ms. Voladora has a Bachelor’s in Human Services from Western Washington University and has used this degree to serve community mental health, people experiencing incarceration, foster care as both a licenser/trainer and foster parent, and young people struggling with traditional school systems. Her love of teaching and working with young people led her to pursue her Master’s in Education, Social Sciences through Western Governors University. Ms. Voladora served for three years at South Kitsap School District as an educator, and she loves Catalyst’s approach to education and social responsibility.
Ms. Voladora has two children, Devo and Kai, and a bonus blessing, Walker, who will all be attending Catalyst. She loves all animals, nature, and art of all kinds. In her spare time she can be found engaging in projects to make the world a better place, creating and appreciating art, and relaxing with her family, pets, and friends.
Catalyst’s commitment to equity, growth, and excellence drew Ms. Voladora to enroll my scholars. When she learned more about the phenomenal team here, she knew this was where she could most effectively and joyously apply her skills and values to create amazing opportunities for all scholars, and to benefit our entire community.
Julie Smith, Small Group Instructor
In April of 2020, Ms. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governors University, where she earned her teaching certificate as well. During her studies, she gained valuable experience working with multiple grade levels as both a paraeducator and a substitute teacher. Ms. Smith has learned that every student has the ability to succeed, and she sees it as her goal to help scholars find personal success at Catalyst every single day.
Ms. Smith was born in Alabama, but has lived in Washington with her family for the past four years. Ms. Smith's husband is a Firefighter/EMT in Central Kitsap, and two of her four sons are attending Catalyst this year in kindergarten and 6th grade.
In her free time, she enjoy reading, cooking, playing board games, and spending time outside with my family.