Summerbridge Louisville (SBL) is a 6-week free summer school for rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Jefferson County. The mission of our program is to prepare under-resourced students for greater academic success in math, reading, and writing skills while also building social and emotional confidence. Every summer, the majority of our students increase both their math and literacy competencies in just 6 weeks, validating our belief that both small classrooms and young teachers can make a difference in the lives of students.
SBL is modeled after a national program located in San Francisco, California, now renamed Breakthrough Collaborative. Summerbridge Louisville began in 1992 with 25 students. From 1992-2004, SBL was housed at Kentucky Country Day School. In 2005, the summer program moved to the Ursuline Campus (Sacred Heart Academy) located on Lexington Road. In 2019, due to a limitation of space at Sacred Heart, Summerbridge moved to Louisville Collegiate. This partnership has been a good meld of missions and we believe it will only grow stronger as we work together to strengthen and grow Summerbridge.
Kate was hired as the new Executive Director of Summerbridge Louisville (SBL) in December of 2015. Prior to joining SBL, Kate served for 13 years as the Director of Pro Bono and Public Service Programs at the Louisville Bar Association (LBA). While at the LBA, she was responsible for creating and managing programs that targeted communities not typically capable of accessing and affording professional legal services. Prior to the LBA, Kate worked for 10 years at the Metro United Way in the Community Investment Department responsible for allocating funds to member agencies.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Science from Centre College and a Master of Science in Community Development from the University of Louisville. As a native of Louisville, Kate is deeply committed to improving our community and is married with two children.
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