Kate Way is a critical educator, photographer, and documentary filmmaker based in western Massachusetts. Her interests lie in the intersection of media literacy, public education and policy, and social and economic justice. As a high school English teacher for almost twenty years, Kate came to specialize in working with students to use media arts to better understand contemporary social issues and to affect social change. Kate later earned a doctorate in Language, Literacy, and Culture with a focus on critical media literacy education and the politics of K-12 schooling. She is currently a Lecturer in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and director of the Visual Literacy Project, a documentary photography program for secondary students and educators. Kate recently completed her second documentary film, Stop Time, tells the story of Lucio Pérez—a father, husband and worker who took sanctuary in a Massachusetts church for over three years in defiance of a deportation order. Kate's first film, G is for Gun, explored the highly controversial topic of K-12 schools arming teachers – it was nationally broadcast on the WORLD Channel in 2018 and was chosen to headline the Meet the Press Festival in Washington, D.C. the same year. Kate’s still photography has been exhibited and collected widely, and has been published on numerous platforms, including the New York Times, and Mother Jones magazine.