Meet the College Success Team

Leslie Thatcher, Director

A portrait of Leslie ThatcherLeslie Thatcher brings more than 25 years of experience in college and independent school education to College Success @ Perkins. She’s contributed to college and high school admission offices, developed programs focused on orienting young adults into new schools on the high school and college level and advised, taught and led students in and out of the classroom.

Throughout her career, Leslie has worked to create opportunities for student growth and independence, both academically and personally. Her professional and leadership experience includes admissions, program development and student life in independent schools, including residential parenting at Worcester Academy and Cushing Academy, and as a college counselor at Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall. Additionally, she served as Associate Dean of Admission for Lewis & Clark College. Leslie consults with college-bound young adults as an independent educational consultant and executive functioning coach.

Leslie has a master's in education with a focus on adolescent development and higher education administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in History from Lewis & Clark College.

Kate Katulak, Associate Director

A portrait of Kate KatulakKate Katulak is a former teacher at Perkins School for the Blind, where she taught technology, executive functioning and math in the Secondary Program. She was also a representative on Perkins' Expanded Core Curriculum Steering Committee and helped design curricula across content areas.

In 2016, Kate was a co-facilitator of Perkins’ Pre-Employment Program, a workshop that equips students with visual impairment with the skills they need to get a job.

Prior to her arrival at Perkins, Kate taught students with visual impairments and provided professional training to colleagues at Stamford Public Schools. She also worked in a psychology research lab at Yale University.

Kate has a master’s in education with a concentration in blindness and visual impairment from Columbia University’s Teachers College and a B.A. in Psychology from Wright State University.