Katie studied sociology and environmental studies at the University of Chicago. While she knew she always wanted to work in the education field, after graduation, she found a job at a startup—before applying for Teach for America. She feels incredibly lucky that the organization placed her at Success Academy, where her love of and commitment to science is shared among staff and students.
Katie starts her day in study hall, where she helps students with their homework. Then she heads to advisory, her favorite part of the day, where she works with a small group of scholars on various social and emotional growth areas. She teaches three periods each day, including instruction on present-day science topics, like climate change. Throughout the day she has several prep periods to study and prepare her lesson plans.
“My school is actively changing the educational narrative for kids in my community. I’m very confident that the kids I teach will be ready to go to college, and that’s what I love about my job. I really feel I’m making a difference in the lives of the kids I see every day.”
“On the back-end, planning is made very easy because we’re given curriculum that is strong, well written, thoughtful, and fun to implement—while still leaving room for teachers to be creative in the classroom.”