Kati Loponen is an experienced educator, currently working as a Director of ECF Schools -unit in EduCluster Finland, a subsidiary of University of Jyväskylä. Her main expertise is in adapting the best expertise and practices in Finnish education to fit in other contexts and to the benefit of education systems in the world. She is involved in both long-term partnership programmes as well as in shorter-term teacher training and education development initiatives.
Previously, she has worked as a class teacher & principal in Kortepohja Elementary School (K-6) in Jyväskylä, Finland and as Head of Faculty in an Emirati-Finnish partnership school in Abu Dhabi (2010-2013). Due to her years abroad she has an explicit view of the cornerstones of Finnish educational system from a practical point of view. Over her career, she has been tutoring teacher students and is well experienced also in peer-group mentoring. During her years in Abu Dhabi she worked as a peer-group mentor for both teachers and a vice-principal in an Emirati teachers' in-service training programme offered by University of Jyväskylä. She also has high competence in tutoring teacher students and special education students of University of Jyväskylä during their teaching practice periods. She has practical expertise in teaching content through a second language (CLIL) and in integrating special education needs students in her classroom and is therefore very capable in using and developing diverse methods of teaching in her classroom.