Fellow Spotlight: Katie Gore
Katie Gore grew up in Independence, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in elementary and early childhood education. She continued her education, graduating from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a Master’s in Educational Technology. Her first teaching job took her to Excelsior Springs, Missouri, where she taught both second grade and kindergarten. Katie currently teaches first grade at Genesis Promise Academy a charter school in Kansas City, Missouri.
Strapped for resources and time, teachers have exceptional challenges in the modern classroom. Increased regulation, diminishing budgets and obsolete equipment have all contributed to the mass exodus of young teachers. The national average that college grads stay in their teaching positions is five years and all schools face these obstacles to learning whether they sit in a wealthy suburb or a fledgling urban core. Katie hopes to provide teachers with external support using components from the maker movement and her passion for science. Non-profit based, the organization will build an on-demand resources platform for teachers and students alike.
“I want it to be a one stop shop, an online library of lesson plans and videos combined with a fleet of ‘mobile science labs’ and a social community for teachers to collaborate with one another.”
Teachers will have universal access to any resources that the school district can’t provide. They can “check-out” experiments and science lessons with all the equipment and materials necessary. The on-demand mobile science labs can go to schools much like when fire trucks come for field days. The website will also feature a social component where teachers can collaborate on lesson plans even if they teach at different schools in the KC metro.
"Science in recent years has become overlooked, many schools across the nation have policies that caution hands-on learning which can hinder students desire to engage in school. Kids love interactive lessons and studies show kids are more engaged when they are involved in the process.”
A cross between Kaleidoscope and Bill Nye, Katie wants to provide universal access for anyone wanting to learn science. Katie is looking for funding, business partnerships for engineering, and professionals willing to mentor on non-profit management. Follow Katie on Twitter @kegore05 and then follow Lean Lab @theleanlab for more spotlights on our fellows. Then sign up for Launch Day 2015.