Katie writes about education issues and stories coming from Mesa County Valley School District 51, Colorado Mesa University and surrounding area schools.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado.
Katie is a Colorado native and joined the Daily Sentinel in 2015 after working as an education reporter at the Montrose Daily Press.
She loves live music, being outside as much as possible, coffee, cooking, baking and travel. Her Mini-Australian Shepherd, Cooper, is responsible for at least 50 percent of her sanity on a daily basis.
For dozens of local students on Friday, going to school meant building medical equipment, learning about a 3D … more
School District 51 is looking for ways to heal the effects of trauma, which often impact how children learn and … more
A survey of 200 School District 51 teachers shows that nearly three-quarters of them feel stressed or very stressed … more
A small fire at Grand Junction High School on Thursday was the result of a student lighting rolls of toilet paper … more
Whether it’s raining or sunny, freezing cold or sweltering hot, the students at Dual Immersion Academy need … more
Rim Rock Elementary School teacher Felicia Casto drives nearly two hours every day to teach and mentor the 640 … more
A second suspect in the October 2016 murder of Palisade resident Paul Davis is in police custody, according to the … more
Dan Sharp spends most of his days thinking about food. … more
Republican Joyce Rankin won her first term on the Colorado Board of Education in November, but the joy of victory … more
A group of School District 51 students wants to show their peers and their community this week that kindness and … more
A cable and internet provider is expanding low-cost service to seniors and low-income families in the Grand … more
Nearly 1,000 people responded to a School District 51 survey seeking input on the next superintendent, though … more
Colorado Mesa University could face a $6 million budget shortfall in the next fiscal year, a load that will likely … more
A group of students from Delta High School started the school year with one question — what’s … more
Residents and community organizers in western Colorado reacted last week to the recent executive order on … more
The family of a Grand Junction High School student who died at the school in November as a result of suicide is at … more
Low student participation in standardized testing last year affected the majority of School District 51 school … more
For all of the pain and struggle that are often associated with cancer, it was the common link for a vibrant … more
What do a fruit grower, a high school student, a mayor, a teacher and a college student have in common? … more
District 51 Board of Education members are weighing the school district’s dire financial needs against what … more