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Director of Academic Performance

Katherine began her career in 1998 as a Social Science Teacher, European Trip Advisor, Home and Hospital Teacher, After-School High School and Head Soccer Coach of a 120 girl competitive program in the Long Beach Unified School District.  In September 2005, kD, as she is known to the OMI staff, moved to San Francisco.  She joined the John Muir Charter Schools in January of 2006 as a substitute teacher for the Glide Church Treasure Island classroom.  That substitute position rapidly led to a full-time teaching position with John Muir's San Francisco Conservation Corps School.  From there she was quickly promoted to Principal of the site and in 2009 she joined JMCS' Headquarters where she began as the Director of Instruction, promoted to Deputy Director and eventually rose to the position of the Chief Operations Officer responsible for the academic and daily operations of schools (61 at JMCS' height) from San Diego To Yreka. Under kD's leadership, JMCS was awarded the Gary Hart Charter School of the Year in 2015. 


Katherine DeVinna has been a member of the leadership team since June 2017, joining OMI as the High School Principal. In 2018, she was promoted to the Director of Academic Performance, where she re-wrote OMI's charter, defending it publically in from of OUSD's School Board, support the school's successful petition for renewal.  In 2019, Katherine serves as the Director of Academics, overseeing OMI's academic programs including the Principals.  Katherine was asked to serve as the Middle School Principal for this current school year, a role she is happy to fill in addition to her duties as Director of Academics. 


My goals for OMI this year is to improve our statewide test score, specifically at the middle school level and to support the growth and development of our teacher's capacity for engaging rigorous instruction and push teachers to increase their subject matter depth of knowledge.  


If you would like to email me for ways to help your children at home, please email me.  I'm here to help.


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Hello OMI Community, Check out the Teenbrain handout (.docx) and the presentations (.pdf) below. 


There are reasons why your teen behaves the way they do.  Their brains are in the second greatest stage of development.  Check out the materials to learn some basics about the brain and to see how the teenage brain is different than the adult brain.  


This was a professional development I led with our classified staff.  I'll be doing another in a different format with our teachers in a few weeks, with teaching strategies included as a model for our teaching staff to use with cadet for any subject or topic. 


You can find both the powerpoint and the handout.  It is geared towards me presenting it, so you might need some more information to makes sense of some of the slides but take a look and if you have any questions, email me and we can set up a time to speak. 


Note: I am not a brain scientistic, merely a curious educator who wants all children to reach their potential.