Kate Miya grew up in Thornton and was educated through the Adams 12 Five Star Schools District, including her student teaching. After high school, Kate attended Hawaii Pacific University and completed her degree at the University of Northern Colorado. She graduated with her degree in English with an emphasis in secondary education, cum laude in 2009.
After completing her degree amid the Great Recession, Kate quickly learned that she was going to have to be a fighter in order to secure her first job with so many qualified, talented people out of work. She had to work harder, smarter, and more enthusiastically than perhaps she had originally imagined. Through resilience and a bit of hope, Kate was able to secure her first teaching job. Over the years, she has taught 7th-12th grade English/Language Arts and formed incredibly strong bonds with her students. She believes that every student has the ability to contribute to their communities in a meaningful way while finding fulfillment in their individual lives.
In her spare time, Kate spends time with her husband whom she met at North Star Elementary and their 14-year old “puppy”. Kate also loves spending time with her parents, friends, and other family members. She is an avid reader and loves to make an impact in her community. If she's not volunteering for a school function, chances are that she's at a Thornton event volunteering.
As a City Councilmember, Kate will give her signature attention to detail, thoroughness, and dedication to the citizens of Thornton. She is known as a unifier and a communicator who has empathy and understanding. At the same time, she is a goal-oriented professional who gets business taken care of efficiently. When given the opportunity to face adversity, she smiles because she knows that the things worth fighting for are never easy, but most certainly are worth it.
Fun fact: This is will not be the first election Kate has been a candidate for. In the 5th grade she was elected the mayor of Young Ameritowne and was Head Girl at Niver Creek Middle School. All kidding aside, Kate has had a lifelong passion for politics and is ready to bring her energy and commitment to Thornton City Council, representing the people and interests of Ward 3.
Thornton Arts Science and Humanities Council (TASHCO), 2017-Current.
Various subcommittees such as NEON, Lambertson Farms, and Dia de los Muertos.
Thornton Assistance Fund (TAF), 2020, Mayoral Representative.