Katy graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in anthropology and a minor in linguistics. She received her teaching degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and within a short time was teaching in Russian Mission, a Yupik village on the Yukon River. She has spent the majority of her time in Alaska in Palmer, teaching elementary school and raising three boys (Ben, Devon, and Ryan) with their father, David. She recently retired from the Mat-Su School District, and now lives in Talkeetna. During the summer she keeps busy running a bed and breakfast, Out of the Wild Talkeetna, with her partner Brian Mccullough. Katy's interests include yoga, vegetarian cooking, reading, and music.
"First and foremost, students must feel loved and respected. They must have a safe and inspiring learning environment where mistakes are expected and everyone makes them, including the teacher. In classrooms where everyone supports and cares for one another, learning takes place. In schools where students, teachers, parents, administrators and support personnel have a voice and feel valued, great things happen."