Alumni Tale: Katharine Berlin ’06

What did you study at UNH?

English

What were you doing one year out of college?

I was honored to be the first Teach For America Corps member accepted from UNH and was exciting to serve as an ambassador for all Wildcats. Placed in Los Angeles, I was in my first year of my MA program at Loyola Marymount University and teaching 7th and 8th grade English in one of the most notorious middle schools in LA. It was the most challenging and wonderful experience to be part of such a great movement for change and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my UNH family who were cheering me on the whole time.

What were you doing five years out of college?

After leaving the middle school classroom, I continued my work with Teach For America by supporting first-year K-12 teachers in California’s Bay Area. I also was teaching graduate courses for Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education.

What are you doing now?

When I’m not enjoying all San Francisco has to offer and planning my wedding to UNH alum, Taylor Tracy ’07, I’m one of the co-presidents of the UNH Northern California Alumni Network and have transitioned (thanks to a UNH alumni connection) from K-12 education to corporate education and consulting with CEB.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

UNH inspired my love for learning and played a huge role in the leader I’ve become today. The UNH network, coupled with the invaluable experiences that I gained in my four years through opportunities like the Cambridge Program, study abroad and Chi Omega all not only set me up for success after UNH, but still drive me today.

Katharine is president of the alumni network.