Christy Durham is an educator with over 15 years of elementary and middle school teaching experience. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, as well as a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. First beginning her career at the Walt Disney Company as a recruiter, she pursued her passion for teaching in 1998 and soon landed at the prestigious Buckley School in Sherman Oaks as a 6th grade teacher. A valued member of the Buckley faculty and popular with her students, Christy helped plan and orchestrate the 6th grade outdoor educational program. She was also instrumental in the creation of a diversity initiative round table for the Buckley faculty. Most recently, she developed procedures for newly hired personnel. Her connection with her students was recognized in 2011 when she was awarded the Buckley School’s Parent’s Association Award – which gave her the opportunity to study in Peru. Later in 2012, she was also awarded the National Junior Honor Society Teacher of the Year Award. Having increasingly developed a teaching philosophy around integrated, project-based learning, Christy left Buckley in 2012 to teach 4th and 5th grade at Los Encinos School, where this teaching philosophy is part of the daily curriculum. With this experience, Christy now begins a new chapter as a co-founder of Catalyst Education, a team that is focused on revolutionizing education. Christy and her partners most recently presented at Archer School for Girls STEM conference and the Milken Community School Playful Learning Summit.