My passion is helping my fellow educators reignite their own love of teaching and learning. My goal is that participants leave my workshops feeling rejuvenated, armed with fresh ideas to put into action. I believe in creating learning environments in which learners of all ages feel comfortable to take risks, be honest, ask questions, and challenge their previous assumptions.
After graduating from the University of Kansas, Katie taught in Germantown, TN and Irving, TX before returning to her roots in Kansas. She has taught in nearly every grade K-6 and served as an instructional coach. In 2014, Katie was the Region 1 Elementary Kansas Teacher of the Year. Katie has earned her master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a K-12 Reading Specialist endorsement and a Building Administration endorsement from Fort Hays State University.
Katie describes her educational career path as the most exciting journey she never expected to take. A pre-law major, Katie decided to go apply to the School of Education at The University of Kansas after working for a year as a special education paraeducator. Since graduating from KU, Katie has taught nearly every grade level K-6 in Tennessee, Texas, and Kansas. In 2014, Katie was selected as the Region One Elementary Kansas Teacher of the Year. During her travels as a member of the KTOY team, Katie’s passion for helping other teachers was sparked. The following year Katie left the classroom to serve as an instructional coach for a year before obtaining her dream job as an education consultant. In 2016, Katie earned her Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction from Fort Hays State University, with endorsements in reading and building administration.
Specializing in K-8 science, Katie is committed to helping teachers implement hands-on science instruction into their daily schedule. Katie has experience writing science curriculum, and is in the process of authoring a K-5 curriculum to support the Next Generation Science Standards. This love of science led Katie to her interest in Project Based Learning while she was still in the classroom, an area she has continued to explore as a consultant. Katie’s other specialty areas include Digital Citizenship, Student/Teacher Creativity, and general elementary instruction. Katie says that being an educator is as much a part of her identity as being a wife, mother, or daughter. As an education consultant it is her goal to share her passion with other teachers to help inspire impassioned teaching and learning in classrooms everywhere.