She is best known by her students as “Ms. Montero”, which she considers to be “the most important ‘title’ she holds.” Besides teaching, Ms. Montero has expertise in the fields of business development, nonprofit management, genomics, and social advocacy. She has spoken on behalf of institutions and communities at the U.N., the National Institutes of Health, and before national and international government officials. She has also volunteered her skills as a speaker coach for TEDx participants, and has served on several boards such as the Harvard Alumni Association of the North Shore, The Lions Club of Santo Domingo, and the YMCA, in addition to committees in different cities.
Ms. Katherine Montero is a youth advocate of over 20 years. She arrived as a newly-minted teen immigrant to the Bronx, NY, from the Dominican Republic, facing serious financial difficulties and struggling to adapt to the new culture and language . The humbling experience prompted her to somehow give back, particularly after receiving mentoring support from the E.A.R.L.Y./Upward Bound Program while at Salem High School, a program that served Salem and Lawrence low-income students in Massachusetts. In 2003, when she worked as a high school chemistry and biology teacher, she became more aware of the realities, akin to those in her past, that young people within the U.S. and other teens living in poverty, are facing.
She earned a Master’s degree in Management from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Salem State College (now a university). After her time as a science teacher at Salem High School, she continued her passion for research at Harvard Medical School (HMS), where she assisted in the works of Dr. George Church while directing a program for under-represented minorities in genomics through the NIH (National Institutes of Health), the Minority Action Plan, representing a consortium of scientists at HMS, MIT and Washington University (MGIC).
While managing the MAP program in 2005, and as a graduate student, she decided to contribute to the lives of under-privileged students, such as several of those she used to teach. It was by mere accident that Global Deeds came about, at the commodity of her basement apartment and during her lunch breaks at work. Conversations gave life to what is now a group of experts collaborating in support of local and international low-income youth. She is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Global Deeds, a nonprofit/social enterprise devoted to disrupting the cycle of poverty by assisting low-performing schools, teachers and corporations in the process of empowering low-income youth through modern education and employment.