Project-Based Learning, Trauma/Resilience, School Redesign, Four Disciplines of Execution, Elementary Generalist, Keynoter, Facilitator, Coach, Mentor
"My passion is helping fellow educators reignite their own love of teaching and learning. My goal is that my participants feel 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.”
Katie says that being an educator is as much a part of her identity as being a wife, mother, and 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.
Upon 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. She 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. An elementary generalist at heart, Katie specializes in the following areas: project-based learning, trauma/resilience, and school redesign.
Katie believes that classroom instruction should include relevant, hands-on learning opportunities in which students are authentically engaged in project-based learning.
As a result, Katie is committed to providing teachers with professional learning to implement STEAM, PBL, and Maker instruction. She created BOOMLET Learning Science, a K-5 curriculum that supports the Next Generation Science Standards using a STEAM/PBL approach. Katie is also the author of Digital Citizenship Toolkit and Your Digital Footprint, curriculum resources for 3rd-12th-grade classrooms, both of which include authentic experiences for students to establish a positive digital footprint.
A large part of Katie’s work at ESSDACK focuses on supporting educators as they become trauma-informed. Katie has been researching and speaking about the science of hope since 2007. She says, “hope guides me in all endeavors. In both my professional and personal life, I see opportunities to share and spread hope with others so that they too may develop pathways to see great possibilities in their lives. I believe in the power of engaged educators to build significant relationships with young people to encourage, inspire, and build great lives.” This work has led to a partnership with Jim Sporleder to build a curriculum guide to support school faculties in their journey to becoming trauma-informed.
Katie's true passion in education is in helping teachers reignite their own passion for teaching and learning. As a facilitator and coach, Katie customizes professional learning to target the specific goals and needs of each educator or audience. She believes that the key to unlocking the full potential in our education system relies on the hope, well-being, and engagement of our educators and students.