Kate Kangas brings a unique blend of experiences into the capstone classroom. She was raised in rural Oregon near Crater Lake National Park, and spent her childhood romping around outdoors and reading through stacks of library books. Kate earned her B.A. in Writing and Literature at George Fox University and embarked on a series of international education and social change related adventures. This includes studying and teaching abroad for a number of years in Kenya, South Korea, and Switzerland, as well as working with homeless youth, teaching middle school English, and marketing study abroad programs in the States. Kate recently earned her M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University, where she now teaches capstone courses in partnership with PPS middle school classrooms. Areas of academic interest and scholarship include international education, human geography, and the role of storytelling in the peacebuilding process.