To empower youth changemakers and the educators who care for them.
From a family of educators, Kate is a mother who has been teaching and learning alongside children and teachers for as long as she can remember. Her parents were pioneers in holistic education; her father taught world history and psychology at the high school level and her mother taught kindergarten.
Kate was awarded a full scholarship to University of Colorado-Boulder for her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity. She graduated in just over a year with a 4.0 while working and raising two young children. In addition, Kate has a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in gifted from the University of Denver where she attended on a dean’s scholarship. Her dissertation focused on what IS working in practice to support diverse gifted youth in thriving.
Prior to launching SoulSpark, Kate co-led the successful opening of a K-8 IB World school with a holistic vision for educating gifted and creative learners. She is dedicated to establishing inspiring, diverse, inclusive and sustainable learning communities where children and educators thrive. She collaborates with curious children, parents, educators and clinicians to continually evolve practices. Kate also serves as president of the board of directors for SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted).
What Gifted Learners Need to Thrive
Get Gifted – Introduction to Giftedness
Healing from Trauma in the Classroom
The principles that guide our decision-making.
Learner, Educator and Equity Activist
Mind Matters Podcast
Featured Guest on Inaugural Episode:
The Washington Diplomat
Interviewed for and quoted in
By: Carolyn Cosmos
Recent Publications (book chapters)
Bachtel, K. (2017). The Heart of It: EQ Skill Gaps Contributing to Underachievement. In Klingner, R. (Ed.), Gifted Underachiever (pp. 93-119). Huntington, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
Bachtel, K. (2017). Emotional Intelligence for Achievement and Well-being: SoulSpark’s The Heart of EQ. (monograph). University of Denver, Colorado.
Recent Publications (invited articles)
Bachtel, K. (2018). Sparking Leadership in Gifted Girls. Parenting for High Potential. National Association of Gifted Children.