MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults
MA in Teaching
BA in Education Studies, magna cum laude
Katie began her career in education as a teacher’s aid for a sixth grade classroom while still a student at Phillips Academy, Andover. She studied education as both an undergraduate and graduate student, developing her craft as a teacher through both coursework and practical classroom and tutoring experience. Katie taught high school English for several years in the Boston area. She also led professional development for new teachers in classroom instruction and in curriculum development.
She helped launch 826Boston, a non-profit writing center, and was on the founding faculty of Boston International High School. As the Features Editor at the internationally distributed Teen Voices magazine, Katie supported teen writers and their mentors in producing feature-length stories.
An experienced educator and writing teacher, Katie encourages her students to find the heart of their stories — the message or theme that drives them. She believes that caring about a topic leads to strong writing. After identifying the core, she works with writers to craft an overall, logical structure and to find the words and rhythms that will appeal emotionally to readers.
As a writer for children and young adults, Katie won PEN New England’s Discovery Award and the Vermont College of Fine Arts/Flying Pig Bookstore Humor Award. She was a finalist for the Boston Public Library’s Children’s Writer in Residence program.
She has worked as a communications director for an education organization in Boston and writes reports, guides, newsletters, and other publications for print and online distribution.
Katie tutors students in sixth grade and up in academic writing, professional writing, admission essays, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Her rate is $150 per hour.