Katie is a native of Kannapolis, North Carolina, a mill town less than an hour away from South Carolina. She grew up the daughter of a stay-at-home mother and a father that worked in the mill, until the family found out through the evening news that the mill was shutting down. Despite her family’s financial troubles, Katie managed to obtain a full scholarship to UNC Charlotte, where she enrolled in a dual program for elementary and special education. She completed some of her first classroom observations in a poor, urban, Title 1 school. She was appalled by the school’s lack of resources and outdated curriculum, which ignited her passion for advocacy for equal opportunity in the public education system. After graduating from UNCC, Katie taught at two schools in North Carolina before moving to South Carolina with her husband in 2019.
While she is currently out of the classroom, she is pursuing her desire for education and helping kids through tutoring while also completing her course work in real estate. In addition to her out of class instruction, Katie serves on the NAACP Education Committee to ensure that Federal government Covid funding for education was being allocated appropriately in South Carolina schools. She also serves as Chair of the Lancaster County Democratic Party.
Katie is running to represent South Carolina House District 44 because she believes that South Carolina should live up to its motto of hope for all residents of the state.