Our team of Alternative Licensure Instructors (ALIs) and education professionals are ready to share their real experience and guide you towards your goal every step of the way.

Together we offer over 60 years of experience as professional learning leaders and educators and have built a learning community that mentors and empowers new teachers towards a successful teaching career built upon culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices.

Schamu, Kate

Kathryn Schamu

Alternative Licensure Instructor
  • Extended Studies

Kate Schamu joined The School of Education & Human Development in 2018 as an Alternative Licensure Instructor with the ASPIRE to Teach Program.

Schamu spent eight years living in Costa Rica where she became a classroom teacher and obtained a Masters in International Teaching. Fully immersed in a new culture, Schamu deeply valued teaching emergent bilinguals while learning Spanish herself. In 2016, Schamu returned to Colorado where she spent two more years teaching in Denver Public Schools and Littleton Public Schools and obtained her Colorado Teaching License in Elementary K-6.

With a passion for language, culture, and food, Schamu thoroughly enjoys traveling with her husband and son. Perhaps their favorite destination is a quaint waterfall just outside of her husband's hometown in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • BA, University of Colorado Boulder
  • MA, Framingham State University

ASPIRE has been so supportive through my whole first year of teaching. I have had so many questions and issues come up and I know I can count on my ASPIRE Instructors to be there. They are supportive and always make sure that they are there to answer all of my questions.
- Kiwi , ASPIRE Candidate