I chose to work for the Knowles Teacher Initiative because I respect its vision of teachers as leaders. As a Knowles Senior Fellow, I’m excited to help expand the impact of the organization by providing teachers with meaningful opportunities to engage as learners and instructors.”
Dr. Katey Shirey’s work stems from her combined interests in science, art, and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in physics and sculpture and a Master of Teaching in secondary science education from the University of Virginia. Dr. Shirey became a Knowles Teaching Fellow and taught physics at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia for five years. In addition to her work in the classroom, she served as a teacher liaison with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. In 2017, Dr. Shirey completed her doctoral studies in science education teaching, learning, policy, and leadership at the University of Maryland. Her dissertation was titled, ” ‘How do we make this happen?’ Teacher challenges and productive resources for integrating engineering design into high-school physics.”
Along with other Knowles Senior Fellows who are interested in integrating engineering design into high school mathematics and science courses, Dr. Shirey played an active role in developing engineering-design integration materials and sustained professional learning experiences presented for teachers by teachers. She joined the Knowles community as a staff member in January 2016. As Program Officer for the Knowles Teacher Initiative’s Engineering Group, Dr. Shirey is furthering the work she began as a Senior Fellow.
In her spare time, she enjoys exploring culinary arts with her husband, Ross; creating textile art; and spoiling her dog, Molly.
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