Kat Páez

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Kat Páez

Spanish & French Teacher
Diversity Liaison


Voicemail: (303) 982-1885

Courses (2020-2021)

  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 2 Honors
  • French 4 / IB 1
  • French 5 / IB 2

For general information, documents, assignments, and resources go to my Class Website.

To receive, download, and submit assignments go to my GoogleClassroom.

International & Diversity Club Website


I'm Mexican-American. I was born in Querétaro, Mexico to an Ecuadorian father and an American mother so I was raised to be bi-lingual and attended an American school. Fifteen years later, I moved to Golden, Colorado where I completed my secondary studies. I went to University to become a Spanish teacher but, after testing out of most of the Spanish program, I decided to pick up a new language, French!  I started my teaching career at Drake Middle School and after teaching there for 8 years, I moved to France. I have a home in a lovely village in the Rhône Valley where I raised my children and taught for 16 years. I love it there but I love teaching at JeffCo too, so now I do both! This is my fifth year at Dakota Ridge High School and I am passionate about my work and I enjoy working with these great students and wonderful staff.  

Education & Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Major 1: Spanish & Major 2: French, Minor: English, Minot State University, ND, 1991
  • Master of Arts in International & Intercultural Communications, Specialisations: International Development, Intercultural Training & Global Education, University of Denver, CO, 1998
  • ESL Certification, University of Seattle, WA, 1998
  • DELF & DALF Certification, University of Avignon, France, 2002
  • IB Certified, 2018 AP Spanish Certified 2020
  • CDE Professional Teacher License for Secondary Spanish and Secondary French.


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