Katie grew up in Northern California, and started making her way south after graduating from the University of California at Riverside. She and her husband, Mark, settled in Ruston in 1991 for Mark's job at LA Tech. Katie started working at the Montessori School as an assistant in Ms. Leigh's room. Eventually, she went for her training for Middle School, and took over as lead teacher of the Junior High in 2007. Katie absolutely adores being in the classroom with the tweens and teens of the Junior High School. She loves the way they look at the world through their chaotically developing brains, and how they are ready and willing to debate anything and everything. Katie is convinced that keeping one step ahead of these kids will keep her own brain young well into her old age.