Kohn running amusement

It’s hard to hard to put into words the extent to which Beber Camp has influenced my life. The people I worked alongside, the friends I made, and the experiences I had at camp  have all shaped me into who I am today.

As a kid, I watched as my sister, her friends, and many of my own friends relished their camp experiences year after year. But, for some reason or another, I always thought camp wasn’t for me.  As it turns out, I was very, very wrong. I finally thought I’d try it out in 2007 as counselor.  Joining the Beber family was the best decision I ever made (thanks to Allison Polster and Jamie Landau for finally convincing me that it was time to give it a shot!)

Beber is the place my where leadership was truly cultivated because the people at camp, including my friends and mentors, invested heavily me. I showed up to camp in 2007 as an awkward and shy kid. I left camp each summer a stronger leader and a better person. My friends and mentors from camp helped me grow in ways I never imagined. I learned how to hone my communication skills, develop strong relationships rooted in trust, and innovate fearlessly. Simply put, my camp experience prepared me for my professional career.

Kohn Teach for America

In 2010, I joined Teach For America as a teacher in San Antonio, Texas. As a first year high school English teacher, I relied on the mindsets and skills I developed at Beber to achieve success. During my teaching experience, I connected with my mentors and friends from Beber who encouraged me to persevere in the face of tremendous obstacles.

A few years later, I returned to Cleveland to help launch a new Teach For America region and become a founding staff member in my hometown.  I currently serve as the Managing Director of our Teacher Leadership Development team in Cleveland, where I leverage many of the skills I learned at camp.  I owe much of my success to camp. To all my friends and mentors who have supported me in my journey – thank you.

I will forever be grateful for your friendship and support.

Hand hug.

~Katie