Kathy Ho is the high school teacher at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital School at Stanford, in Palo Alto, California. She is passionate about providing a stable and regular school experience to pediatric patients, and hopes to connect those in isolation with the outside world. As past-president of the Association for the Education of Children with Medical Needs and the organizer of the Network of California Hospital Schools, Kathy is an advocate for children with chronic and terminal illnesses.
Kathy works hard to create interdisciplinary units for her students and strives to bring a global perspective into her classroom whenever possible. Her curriculum includes lessons inspired by her time in the Arctic Svalbard as a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, and in India with the Fulbright-Hays program. Kathy has a commitment to science education, and helped start the LABScI Project to bring laboratory activities to non-traditional school settings. This led her to becoming a National Geographic Explorer, where her current focus is the Imagine Project, bringing the outside world into the classroom using VR technology to create ‘virtual’ field trips. Kathy is excited about this opportunity and looks forward to bringing more of the Arctic, and especially indigenous voices, back to her students.
Kathy attended UCLA where she earned her BA in English/American Studies then received her MA in Education from Stanford University, but she thinks of herself as a life-long learner. In her free time, she is a project leader for the community service non-profit Hands on Bay Area, volunteers at the Oakland Zoo, and coaches adult open gymnastics at Stanford.