Teacher Trainer and Educational Advocate
Katie’s philosophy about teaching is simple. She agrees with Madeline Hunter when she said, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” Many think she was being too “warm and fuzzy” but what she meant was you are not going to reach some kids academically until you first reach them as people. Sometimes the subject matter in our classrooms can’t compete with the drama in their lives. The main ingredient missing in a lot of our classrooms today is a personal connection to our kids. Katie believes the research is clear: when students know you value them as a human being, not just another student; they will work harder for you and challenge you less. She also believes teachers don’t need any more theory and new, trendy programs with catchy names.
Katie believes teachers need to be given research based, proven, practical strategies and applications that teachers can start implementing immediately – without throwing anything out that is working in their classroom. She knows educators have the toughest job in America as they are asked every day to wear many different hats – parent, nurse, counselor, teacher, advisor, judge, jury, lawyer – just to name a few.
Katie understands that students come into our classrooms and schools with different backgrounds and cultures and that their cognitive abilities, assets, and experiences are just as wide-ranging. Sometimes the only thing students have in common is their age!
Katie also knows the biggest unchallenged assumption by many today (especially politicians) about education is that kids are coming to school willing and ready to learn. As educators, we know this is not the case. We have a generation of kids coming to our schools basically un-socialized. It seems like a majority of our students spend most of their day in isolation: using their devices to play games, text, hang out on social media, watch YouTube videos, along with a seemingly endless amount of other distractions.
Katie knows there’s not much we can do from 3:00 PM until 8:00 AM but there is a lot we can do from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Katie is dedicated to helping educators be successful through motivation, inspiration, humor, and a common-sense approach to stress management. Most importantly, she leaves educators with the confidence to improve their instruction tomorrow!
National Trainer, Classroom Management
National Trainer, Student Engagement and Motivation
Former PK-12 Music Educator
Adjunct Professor, Lake Erie College
Presenter at multiple international conferences
Graduate, M.M.Ed., University of Northern Colorado
Graduate, BA, University of Notre Dame