Ana Katina Yamamoto, known by the children as “Señora Katina", is the Spanish teacher for KG, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. She joined Westlake Academy in 2013. She is originally from Mexico City, where she attended at the UDLA Mexico City Bilingual University and earned a Bachelors Degree in Special Education with a Postgraduate Degree in Early Childhood Education and Intervention from the Universidad de las Americas (Mexico City) and a Master’s Degree in Integration of the Special People with emphasis in habilitation and rehabilitation from the University of Salamanca, Spain. Señora Katina has been in the education field for 23 years, teaching special education, working as a college teacher in education and the last 13 years teaching Spanish as a second language. She has been married for twenty-five years. She and her husband Daniel have two daughters, Ana Katina who is presently a Senior at the University of Arkansas and Valeria who is a sophomore at the University of Texas in Austin. Señora Katina is excited to be part of Westlake Academy Family and considers it a privilege to work with children, allowing her to be part of the IB mission to "help to create a better and more peaceful world".
She is really passionate about creating a culture of respect and diversity in the classroom and helping develop students’ knowledge and appreciation for other cultures and languages. Señora Katina is enthusiastic about international-mindedness and international-mindfulness, ready to motivate and ignite students learning through the culture of respect, risk-takers and open mindedness. She strongly believes in the IB philosophy and in the Westlake Academy vision and expects all students to become principled, caring and communicators. We are teaching global citizens who consider other’s perspectives, with tolerance of other’s beliefs, cultures and opinions to create a better world.