New York State Teacher of the Year, 2012
Katie has had a passion for teaching since 1998, when she joined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School of Math, Science, Technology, and Invention as a first grade teacher. She was awarded the Red Apple Quality of Life Award in 1998 and 1999. In 2003-2004, Katie’s class participated in more than ten videoconferences with museums and institutes across the country such as the Buffalo Zoo and The Ocean Institute in California through Project VIEW. Her work with videoconferencing has been highlighted in an excerpt in Teaching K-8, the Daily Gazette, and in a case study by the Evaluation Consortium at the University at Albany.
In 2007, Katie became part of the Jessie T. Zoller Elementary School staff as an integrated second grade teacher. Katie enjoys individualizing instruction to meet the needs of her learners and creating materials such as individual behavior charts, songs, chants, and cheers to help children learn new concepts. After 17 years of teaching the primary grades, Katie is now embracing her most transformative year ever: teaching sixth grade.
Katie believes she and the students she works with have benefitted immensely from collaboration with her wonderful colleagues as well as the many professional development opportunities her district has offered her. In May, 2010, Katie was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Schenectady City School District, which led to her being selected as the 2012 New York State Teacher of the Year. In February of 2013 she was named an NEA Pearson Global Learning Fellow and received the California Casualty Award for Excellence.
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