Originally from Brevard, NC, Katie comes to LifeTutors with a strong background in education and in youth leadership. Katie began her career in education teaching English in Bratislava, Slovakia for five years. In this role, Katie experienced not only teaching state-mandated standards but also, and more impactfully, learned the importance of helping students grow emotionally and learn ways to help them reach the next level. After returning to the states, Katie taught fifth grade students in both Oakley and Fairview Elementary schools in the Asheville area. During her time teaching, much of her energy and focus turned from teaching NC standards and instead moved toward helping meet the emotional and, at times, physical needs of many of the students in her classes. Being a teacher taught Katie that her passion lies more in helping meet the needs of our youth much more than delivering instruction and meeting educational standards alone. Katie believes that everyone is capable of setting and meeting their goals and is passionate about helping others tap into this for themselves.