Katherine (Katie) Browning is actively involved in the Office of Community Engagement at Rocky Mountain College. Katie focuses on literacy with a strong emphasis on working with students who have learning disabilities. As an AmeriCorps volunteer she works with students in kindergarten at Rose Park Elementary. During the upcoming semester, she will be coordinating a large scale literacy event at Rose Park Elementary. She is extremely passionate about helping the next generation of students reach their full potential regardless of socioeconomic status and other factors that are out of their control such as a learning disabilities.
At Rocky Mountain College, she helps students with learning disabilities receive accommodations in order to close the achievement gap through her work in the Writing Center. She also works in Outdoor Recreation and participates in many leadership programs on campus. On top of being extremely involved at Rocky Mountain College and in the community, Katie has a 3.90 GPA with a double major in Secondary English Education and Literacy Studies.
Katie is also a passionate advocate and has taken part in a variety of women's issues and environmental activism with a focus on issues such as the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the development of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
I have been interested in education since as long as I can remember. I have known that I want to teach in some capacity since I was in second grade. Through my post-secondary experiences and the opportunity to take a variety of literature and writing classes, I have found that I am passionate about teaching reading and writing and have developed the specialized skill of working with students who struggle or have learning disabilities. Working in a variety of classrooms has shown me how important it is that students be able to demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing and what we, as educators, can do to help get those students to proficiency. On campus, I volunteer at an elementary school focusing on developing early literacy and reading skills in Kindergarten students. I also work as a writing center consultant to help develop the writing process with my peers at Rocky Mountain College. I am also very active in professional development activities that help me to develop better educational approaches in the English field.