My experiences at Knowles have reinforced the importance of teacher growth in improving society. In order to resolve the greatest challenges of our times, I help teachers and students learn about their potential through integrated-STEAM education practices and reflection.

Katey’s Story

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 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.

Katey continues to help educators leverage integrated-STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) instruction for content learning and increased student problem-solving through the Knowles Academy and her STEAM-integration consulting service.

In her spare time, she enjoys exploring culinary arts with her husband, Ross; creating textile art; and spoiling her dog, Molly.

Knowles Academy Courses Taught

Engaging Math and Science Students in Engineering Design