Hi! I’m Katie -
I'm so thankful you are here.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, former classroom teacher, and social-emotional learning specialist with over 15 years in education, I understand what it means to be an educator (and that it’s no walk in the park).
Spending the majority of my time in the Chicago Public Schools, I learned quickly that a baseline of stress and anxiety was “normal” and burn out was inevitable. I spent countless days crying in the school bathroom during my first few years- feeling alone, scared, depressed, and confused. I loved kids and I thought this is what I wanted, but was I wrong?
I decided to go back to school in 2015 to become a therapist. It wasn’t until I was at Northwestern in the middle of my graduate program that something clicked.
I thought to myself, “why aren’t teachers learning THIS information?”
With classroom management being one of the most difficult aspects of teaching for me throughout the years, I suddenly understood that if I started recognizing, understanding, and managing my emotions that maybe (just maybe) things might shift in the classroom.
At the end of my time at Northwestern, when all of my classmates went back to work in community mental health and private practice, I decided to go back to the classroom. I had a feeling that this time was going to be different.
Armed with all of the necessary emotional tools and resources, I would end up having the best years of teaching in all of my career. I was able to create loving and genuine relationships with my students quickly and easily. Classroom management became as simple as breathing (literally) and I finally had work-life balance.
Seeing the all-too-familiar stress and overwhelm in my colleagues eyes, my mission had suddenly become clear: it's time to take care of our teachers.
The days of isolation, shame, and anxiety will soon be behind you. You are not alone. I am so excited to share everything that I've learned, hold space for you, listen and support you. Thank you for trusting me and allowing me to hear your story. Thank you for all that you do.
With love and gratitude,