Katie has 30 years experience across a variety of educational settings in the areas of school leadership, English teaching, senior school co-ordination, student wellbeing and teacher mentoring. She started her passion for teaching English and ESL in Victorian schools. Her passion for travel led her to teach in Germany and Zimbabwe, as well as training English teachers for 2 years in a university in Hanoi, Vietnam for Australian Volunteers Abroad.
Katie moved to the Northern Rivers in 2005 and began at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, taking on the role of Deputy Principal and expanding the high school and senior program. She has immersed herself in teaching senior English and modelling innovative assessment practices, with her Year 12 students achieving some of the best results in the state each year.
Katie is known for creating meaningful and long-lasting relationships with students and sees this as the key to working with their learning and wellbeing. She has very close links to local families and community, recognised through her Principal of the Year award in 2014 for the Byron Shire. She also is an expert in NESA requirements in the senior years and has guided many students in achieving highly and gaining entry into university or other courses of their choice, always maintaining a nurturing and holistic approach.
Katie loves colour and is widely known in the area for her penchant for ‘Steiner’ colour days; Monday is purple/pink, Tuesday is red, Wednesday is yellow, Thursday is orange and Friday is green. She is fully committed to each colour day and unlikely to deviate! Katie loves stand up paddle boarding and swimming, singing, performing and reading fiction.