Katie grew up near Detroit where she enjoyed beautiful summers and survived cold winters. She attended a small high school that emphasizes giving each student what they need to learn and grow into citizens of the world. From there, she moved to Los Angeles to attend Occidental College. She majored in Chemistry, but took advantage of the Liberal Arts curriculum by taking classes like “Music of Africa and the Middle East,” “History of Medicine,” and “Non-Fiction Creative Writing.” During that time she also tutored in local schools, ran chemistry review sessions on campus, and taught health to ninth graders around Los Angeles.
After graduation, Katie drove to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas to begin her commitment with Teach For America (TFA). She taught ninth-grade biology, specializing in intervention strategies and end-of-course test preparation. Her students enjoyed making manipulatives and learning study skills. Katie loved her time in the Valley because of the great friends and the great tacos.
Once she finished TFA, Katie made her way back to the Best Coast. After another year in the classroom, Katie hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc, reaching peaks of over 8,000 ft. in France, Italy, and Switzerland. She continued to eat cheese and try to practice French for a few more weeks before returning to the United States. Katie’s back in the Bay and excited to continue her work with students. She’s passionate about getting students prepared to take on their next challenge. Katie likes breaking down ideas into their pieces and seeing how they fit back together. Katie strives to make learning tangible and visual, emphasizing the practical applications of each topic.
When she’s not working with students, Katie is likely to be found at the Farmer’s Market, Big Basin State Park, or at Philz’s with a good book.