Katherine M. Rand is a 25-year veteran Social Science/History teacher from the Victor Valley Union High School District. She currently teaches 8th US History, AP Government & Politics, and Mock Trial/Courtroom Debate at Cobalt Institute of Math and Science and serves as a Reflective Coach/Mentor for new teachers in her school district. Mrs. Rand has a passion for helping teachers develop into amazing professionals, and driving students toward excellence through creative lessons and exceptional guidance.
Mrs. Rand has twice been recognized by the Inland Empire Council of CCSS (IECSS) as a Teacher of Excellence; she was nominated for the Gilder-Lehrman Teacher of the Year Award in 2019 and 2020. Mrs. Rand has served as a CCSS Region 10 Director for the past four years, serving on the Government Relations/Partnership Development & Conference committees during each year of her tenure. This collaborative effort includes helping with the evaluation of over 200 conference proposals, assisting of the organizing various events and receptions during the annual conference, preparation of the conference schedule, and on-site support for registration of attendees and vendors. Working closely with our legislative analyst/liaison, the government relations committee keeps members up to date with pending and current legislation that impacts how and what we teach in our classrooms across the state.
Mrs. Rand has participated in professional learning networks within San Bernardino County for over 15 years, including the Teaching American History/Scholars of History grant and the SBCSS Teacher Leadership Network. Mrs. Rand has not only presented for several Inland Empire school districts, the annual CCSS conference, and the IECSS Jamboree, she has also devoted her time toward making sure the conferences that CCSS provides for its members are of the highest caliber.
It has been my privilege to serve on the California Council for the Social Studies Board of Directors for Region 10. I currently serve as co-chair for the Governmental Relations & Partnership Development committee and as a Conference Committee member. This year I am seeking to broaden my experience within the organization as the Southern Area Vice President. As such, I would serve on the executive board as a liaison to the membership at large. I would also serve as liaison to local councils within regions 9, 10 and 11. I will continue the critical work CCSS does in promoting the essential nature of civic education. And, I will continue to advocate for the inclusion of a broad range of Social Science courses in K-16 classrooms across the state.
I pledge to fully commit to this position in order to foster the continued growth and development of the organization at the state and local levels. As an apolitical advocate for all teachers, I am passionate about bringing extraordinary Social Science/History trainings, lessons and resources to the members of CCSS and helping teachers access the network that CCSS provides its members. I look to continue to promote, elevate, and support extraordinary professional development and networking opportunities for CCSS members and their affiliates. I strive to serve the members of CCSS to the best of my ability and with the same integrity and devotion I have exhibited while serving as a Region 10 Director over the past four years.