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Kate of the Week: Kate Vesper, who likes dinosaurs and sundresses

There are so many fascinating Kates out there. And every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Kate Vesper, of Taiwan, who just turned 25 with only a minimal quarter-life freakout. Without further ado, 13 questions with Kate.

What do you do?

I teach English to kids in Taipei.

How did you get started in your line of work or study?
In my first year post-grad, I had two journalism jobs – one at a business magazine and one at an entertainment website. Both were enjoyable and staved off the existential distress at having selected English as my seemingly employment-proof major. Unfortunately, neither position could guarantee much security long-term. Being a 22-year-old resident of a country in the midst of economic crisis, I figured there was no time like the present to satisfy my urge to globe-trot. I’m now beginning my third year in Taiwan.

I hadn’t visited Asia before making the move, but was in contact with a few people who had taught in China and South Korea. They had really positive experiences to share, so I thought I’d give it a try. Teaching abroad started out as a ‘I’ll just do it for one year’ thing, but the temporary adventure has turned into a really fulfilling and sustainable life.

What’s something you wish people knew or understood better about what you do?

To those who are slightly wary of children: how surprisingly un-scary working with kids is. There’s a lot more to it than sticky jam hands threatening your every article of clothing or a nonstop headache-inducing cacophony of ‘myyyy toy!’.

One thing kids don’t get enough credit for is their intelligence. They are crazy smart. Their brains are seriously absorbent little sponges for knowledge. There’s a lot of societal pressure to be studious here. Taiwanese children start school at a very early age – they can be as young as 2 when they begin a full-day schedule! In addition to learning English, ages 3+ often also take Chinese, music, dance, art, and supplemental French and Japanese classes. The kids are dropped off around 8 in the morning and often don’t go home until 7 p.m. All this long before most American children have even been introduced to the concept of spending time away from their parents.

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Kate of the Week: Katie Koivisto, the social worker who’d like to try her hand as a cheese maker

There are so many fascinating Kates out there. And every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Katherine Ann Koivisto, 28, of Denver, Colorado. Without further ado, 13 questions with Katie.

What’s your favorite thing about your name?

Kate is a STRONG name. You don’t mess around with a Kate. We don’t suffer fools.

Your least favorite thing about your name?

I think the combination of Katherine and Ann is the most common combo EVER. (Except maybe Elizabeth and Marie…which happens to be my mother’s name. We’re a boring bunch). I have multiple friends who are Katherine Anns. Also, I think we can all relate to being Katie or Kate (insert last initial here). I was Katie K for forever. I still am to some people.

Who is your favorite famous Kate?

My favorite famous Kate is bad ass feminist author Kate Chopin.

What do you do?

My job title is Healthcare Professions Program Coordinator at Mi Casa Resource Center. The short-form explanation is that I run a program at a nonprofit that trains under-served individuals (mostly women, mostly Latina) in the healthcare industry and then helps them get jobs post-training. It’s a wonderful program and I absolutely love working with my participants!

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Kate of the Week: Kate Pedersen, a critical care nurse who’s obsessed with “Portlandia”

By Kate Torgovnick

There are so many fascinating Kates out there. And every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Kate Pedersen, 29, of Tucson, Arizona. Without further ado, 13 questions with Kate.

What do you do?

I am an RN and work in critical care nursing.  All of my patients are really sick and most are mechanically ventilated and sedated.

How did you get started in your line of work or study?

Nursing is actually my second career.  I was working at Canyon Ranch as a manager in the spa and was manager on duty for the hotel one night when a client went into anaphylactic shock.  I enjoyed the adrenaline rush of the situation.  A week later I was getting a pedicure from one of my staff and she told me about this accelerated nursing program for people that already have bachelors degrees.  A week later, I quit my job and started my journey to nursing.

What’s something you wish people knew or understood better about what you do?

Not to underestimate me!

In an ideal world, where making a living weren’t an issue, what would you be doing?

Traveling the world!!!  I would be sitting in Paris right now drinking champagne and eating a Ladurée macaroon!

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Kate of the Week: Kathleen Neafsey, our fearless Fabri-Kate crafter

There are so many fascinating Kates out there. And every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Kathleen Neafsey, 51, of Staten Island, New York—who you already know a bit from her column Fabri-Kate, where so far, she has given you six fantastic crafting projects to try at home. Without further ado, 13 questions with Kate.

Hey Kate, what do you do?

At the moment, I’m transitioning. I had been a teacher’s assistant in a Pre-K class for nine years, then for the past four years I worked with a child with special needs.  Although I was thinking of going in a completely different direction now, I interviewed at a special needs school this week and fell in love with the class that I was able to observe – so who knows!?

How did you get started in your line of work?

Quite by accident, really, but I love it.

What’s something you wish people knew or understood better about what you do?

That children are really amazing, some just require more patience than others. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with three and four-year olds, the age when they’re so innocent and honest in how they see things.  They’re like little sponges and they take in everything, so it’s really important to teach them patience and kindness from an early age.  Most kids want the same thing; they want to be loved and accepted for who they are.

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Kate of the Week: Kate Book, a world traveler who could be this blog’s official mascot

Kate of the Week: Kate BookThere are so many fascinating Kates out there. And every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Kate Book, 22, who was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. (Eh?) Without further ado, 13 questions with Kate.

You have a funny story about how you discovered this site. Do tell.

I was lurking my name on the Internet one fine day (naturally) when I came across this blog. My name is Kate Book, so you can see how I thought there was a website dedicated to me, and that I had a large fan base. Needless to say, I was very disheartened to find out otherwise, but pleased at the same time because this blog is very interesting and also entertaining.

What do you do?

That is a very good question. I am a recent graduate at Brock University. (Fun fact: Ryan Gosling was at my school the day before I graduated to see his mom get her diploma.) I am now in that awkward stage of what-the-heck-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life and have been applying for big girl jobs as well as to college to be a professional student, but more specifically for Public Relations. But what I currently do is travel a lot.

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Kate of the Week: Kate E. Stephenson, your intrepid trivia host

Kate E. StephensonBy Kate Torgovnick

There are so many fascinating Kates out there. And every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Kate E. Stephenson of Jersey City, New Jersey, who searches high and low to bring you new Kate-related facts every week in her amazing column, Trivia. On Wednesday, she’ll also be launching a new column called Book Club, bringing you interviews with appropriately-named authors. So without further ado, 13 questions with Kate.

So Kate E. Stephenson, what do you do?

I am a freelance communications specialist; I edit and write an endless variety of print and online media. I also help job seekers create interview worthy resumes and cover letters. In my blog, Lexicon, I pontificate on various issues that affect writers and job seekers in this economy and culture.

How did you get started?

I have been a writer since I could pick up crayons. I used to write on anything—napkins, receipts, paper bags, walls (until my mother “convinced” me that was unwise). It started as mostly poetry and musings. Then I discovered the fun of red-inking other people’s writing as the editor of my high school literary magazine. It solidified my path and I’ve never looked back.

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Kate of the Week: Meet Kate VandenBerghe, designer/illustrator and cookie baker

There are so many fascinating Kates out there. And every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Kate VandenBerghe of San Francisco, Calif. Without further ado, 13 questions with Kate.

What do you do?

I’m a designer and illustrator working in San Francisco. I also have a blog about my various creative exploits called Read Make Do.

How did you get started in your line of work or study?

When I was growing up, I knew I either wanted to be a dog, or I wanted to be an illustrator and “work on the computer”. Well, since being a dog wasn’t going to pan out (bummer), I decided to pursue illustrating. I was a Studio Art major in college and fell in love with printmaking & digital media (which in my mind have more in common than people would think), and after that went to grad school and got my MFA in Design. I am thankful every single day that I am doing exactly what I have always wanted to do.

What’s something you wish people knew or understood better about what you do?

I think being a Designer is a lot more strategy-based than most people would realize. There is definitely a huge element to the work that involves making beautiful things, but designing is like writing in a lot of ways. There needs to be a solid thesis behind what you are communicating, and then you build everything from there.

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Kate of the Week: Katie Lyn Capone, whose passion is designing invitations

There are so many fascinating Kates out there. And every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Katie Lyn Capone, 32, of New York. Without further ado, 13 questions with Kate.

What do you do?

I am a-work-from-home-mom.  I do freelance graphic design for companies, but my passion is designing invitations and stationery under my studio name Oh So Suite. And of course, taking care of my sweet baby all the while! Watching her grow up trumps anything in life right now, I must say. I didn’t think I would be a great stay-at-home mom type, but I love it! I treasure being with her every second. She is the best boss I’ve ever had.

How did you get started in your line of work or study?

I have had a life long obsession with paper and all things stationery. It came to a head when my husband and I were planning our wedding in ‘07 and couldn’t find the perfect invite. Oh So Suite was born and it’s been a pleasure working with many different people on invitations to their special events ever since!

What’s something you wish people knew or understood better about what you did?

I have an extreme passion for invitations. I am not sure where it came from…I just love pretty things and when an invitation screams of the host’s style I get so happy I could pee my pants. OK, not really. But I really do a little dance when I hit the nail on the head with a great design!

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Kate of the Week: Catherine Moran, who leads you on Adventures in Greening

Katie MoranThere are so many fascinating Kates out there. And every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Catherine Moran, 26, of Astoria, New York—who you already know a bit from her column Adventures in Greening, where she’s given you tips for saving the environment both on the go and at home. Without further ado, 13 questions with Kate.

What do you do?

I work in publishing. I am currently freelancing for an educational publisher.

How did you get started in your line of work or study?

I’ve always loved reading, so publishing seemed like the natural career path for me to pursue.

What’s something you wish people knew or understood better about what you do?

The people who work in publishing are the best.

In an ideal world, where making a living weren’t an issue, what would you be doing?

In an ideal world, I would own a bookstore/coffee shop, with a dog always at my side. And the bookstore/coffee shop would, of course, be on the beach, so that I could enjoy the smell of salt air every day.

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Kate of the Week: Kate Barclay, who teaches art in Ghana

Kate BarclayThere are so many fascinating Kates out there. And every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Kate Barclay, 29, who lives in Ghana, West Africa. Without further ado, 13 questions with Kate.

What do you do?

I am a Peace Corps Volunteer.  I teach art at Savelugu School for the Deaf. I write all about it at the website Peripatetic Journal.

How did you get started in your line of work or study?

I am an artist by profession, and I wanted to do something more than stare at the wall of my studio.

What’s something you wish people knew or understood better about what you do?

It’s not so bad living without a toilet or running water, but I’d really like some yogurt.

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Kate of the Week: Kate Hakala, the inquiring mind behind ExpliKate

Kate HakalaThere are so many fascinating Kates out there. Every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Kate Hakala, 24, of Brooklyn, NY—who you know a bit from her column ExpliKate, where she’s explained everything from uncontrollable tears to deja vu.

What do you do?

I read and eat. A lot. But seriously, for money, I am a yoga studio receptionist and a freelance editor of audiobooks.

How did you get started in your line of work or study?

I studied English and Creative Writing at UMass Amherst, so I always knew eventually I would fall into something related to the written word and all of the beautiful ways it manifests. I’m a stickler for details and continuity, which bodes well in the editing field. The receptionist gig, though not related to my field, has made me realize that I’m also pretty good at chatting up human beings and creating odd, yet pleasant bonds with strangers. Of course, my “career” is just getting started and I haven’t quite made up my mind. Ain’t it always.

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Kate of the Week: Kate Kotler, a pop culture journalist who swears comic-cons aren’t all fun and games

There are so many fascinating Kates out there. And every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Kate Kotler, 38,  of Chicago. Without further ado, 13 questions with Kate.

 

What do you do?

I’m a writer/journalist who covers pop-culture and women’s place in pop-culture. I also co-write a “geeky dating column” (soon to be podcast!) with Elliott Serrano for Bleeding Cool. Lastly, have a 9-5 job recruiting/managing the staff for a start-up company called I Wish Lessons.

How did you get started in your line of work or study?

I’ve always been a writer, but the real start to my current career came in 2005 when I started writing a blog called “Adorkable Grrl.” Everything else spring boarded from there … now I write for four, sometimes five online publications and have a graphic novel coming out in 2013.

What’s something you wish people knew or understood better about what you do?

People seem to think that being a pop-culture journalist who goes to comic cons, etc. for work is pretty glamorous. (Editor’s note: yes, that’s a photo of Kate with Stan Lee after the jump.) Truthfully, it’s pretty exhausting (and low paying, hence the 9-5 job). While participants at comic cons are having a blast, journos and pros are up each morning at 5 a.m., then running around all day chasing down stories, sitting on panels and networking — generally to fall exhausted into bed sometime after midnight. It is fun, and I love what I do, but I almost always need a vacation (or at least, a day off) after covering a comic convention.

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