Katherine conducts research, analysis, and data collection to strengthen EdAllies’ policy campaigns and public outreach efforts. Originally from Minneapolis, Katherine left the snow and cold to attend Tulane University in New Orleans, where she volunteered in elementary and middle school classrooms in the New Orleans Recovery School District following Hurricane Katrina. After college, she put her English and Spanish degrees to use as an English teacher in Madrid, Spain. Upon returning to the United States, Katherine decided to continue teaching. After serving as a Teach For America corps member in the Mississippi Delta, she worked as an educator in Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. She also has experience in school administration, having helped open Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop in South Minneapolis as the founding Director of Operations. Most recently, Katherine transitioned out of the classroom and into the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She expects to earn her master’s of Public Policy in spring 2019, after which she plans to attend law school.
What change do you hope to see in education?
Growing up in Minneapolis, I had several incredible teachers who cared about me, inspired me to love learning, and encouraged me to be a leader. I believe that every child should have a positive learning experience, with educators who connect with and push them. But, for a variety of reasons, that doesn’t always happen. My hope is that we can change this; that adults can work together to make meaningful, long-lasting, systemic change to ensure that every child receives an education that allows them to reach their full potential.