Hello! I'm Katie.

That’s me, over there to the left. 

A few fast facts

  • I drink way too much ice coffee.
  • My Erin Condren paper planner is quite literally my lifeline.
  • My nails are ALWAYS painted.
  • I hate all types of melon.
  • I love sparkles!
  • Cruising is my favorite way to vacation.
  • I married my high school sweetheart. (That's him lookin' all cute over there, to the right.)

Personality Profile

I think different personality types are super interesting and can tell you a lot about a person. 

“THE ENTHUSIAST”
The Busy, Variety-Seeking Type:
Spontaneous, Versatile, Acquisitive,
and Scattered

“EXECUTIVE”
Embracing the values of honesty, dedication and dignity, people with the Executive personality type are valued for their clear advice and guidance, and they happily lead the way on difficult paths.

Relevant Experience

Creative Consultant

Zoetica Media

  • Digital marketing
  • Web design/graphic design
  • Photography
  • Personal branding

Journalism Adviser

Katy ISD

  • Advised production of the nationally recognized yearbook and newspaper
  • Taught Journalism 1 and Photojournalism courses
  • Sponsor to Calligraphy Club, Spirit Club, and Rock Climbing Club
  • Nominated for Teacher of the Year, 2019

eMarketing Specialist

Lennar Homes

  • Email marketing for West & Central Regions (17 divisions)
  • Marketing strategy & implementation
  • Blog maintenance (lennarcommunities.com)

Education + Certifications

Digital Media, 2011
Bachelor of Science

I currently serve on the Advisory Board for the Digital Media program at the University of Houston.

Teaching Certification
Journalism 8-12

JEA Certified Journalism Education
Since 2018

JEA Critique Training
Completed 2019

JEA Certified Mentor
Coming Soon

Skills & Recognition

Design

Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, HTML/CSS

Social Media (Marketing)

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube

Customer Relationship Management

Dubsado, Hubspot

Analytics/Management

Google Analytics, Jetpack, Loomly, Sprout Social, Facebook Insights/Ad Manager

Content Management

WordPress, Squarespace, Joomla, Shopify

Email Platforms

Bronto, Exact Target, MailChimp, iContact, Constant Contact

Operating Systems

Macintosh and Microsoft

Office Management

Google Docs, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Quicken, UPS Worldship, FedEx Ship Manager

Educational Software

Canvas, Balfour Tools, Studio Balfour, eSchool Plus

Personal Achievements

2018, Rising Star Award, Journalism Education Association

Related article from The Katy Times

2018, Pathfinder Award, Texas Association of Journalism Educators

2016, Life-Changing Educator, Katy Magazine

Student's Achievements

The following achievements were made by the yearbook and newspaper staff under my leadership as their journalism adviser.

2019 – NSPA Newspaper Critique, All-American Rating with 5 Marks of Distinction
2019 – NSPA Yearbook Critique, First Class Rating with 2 Marks of Distinction
2019 – UIL State, Headline Writing, 4th Place, Libby Strimbu
2019 – UIL State, Editorial Writing, 2nd Place, Ayesha Nagaria
2019 – Balfour Yearbook National Sample (Top 3% of Yearbooks Nationwide)
2018 – NSPA Newspaper Critique, All-American Rating (Highest Awarded) with 4 Marks of Distinction
2018 – NSPA Yearbook Critique, Second Class 
2018 – Balfour Yearbook Yearbook, Featured Publication (Highest Awarded)
2018 – UIL State, News Writing Qualifier, Jaden Reyes
2018 – UIL State, Editorial Writing, 5th place, Ayesha Nagaria
2018 – Balfour Yearbook National Sample (Top 3% of Yearbooks Nationwide)
2018 – JEA Chicago, Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist
2018 – JEA Chicago, Newspaper Page Design Honorable Mention
2018 – JEA Chicago, Yearbook Theme Design Honorable Mention
2018 – JEA Chicago, Best of Show, Newspaper (2nd Place)
2018 – JEA Chicago, Best of Show, Newspaper (6th Place Overall)
2017 – Balfour Yearbook Yearbook Honorable Mention
2017 – UIL State, Headline Writing, Bibartan Jha
2017 – Balfour High School Communications Workshop, Yearbook Overall Excellence
2017 – Balfour High School Communications Workshop, Newspaper Overall Excellence
2017 – JEA Dallas, 2nd Place Best of Show Special Edition Newsmagazine (Harvey Edition)
2017 – Senior Lizzie Heintz’ photo coverage of Hurricane Harvey, published on CNN social media
2016 – Newspaper Editor Naba Siddiq appointed to be Texas representative for the New Voices legislation
2016 – UIL State, Feature Writing, Kiara Reyes (2nd Place)
2016 – Balfour High School Communications Workshop, Yearbook Overall Excellence
2016 – Balfour High School Communications Workshop, Newspaper Excellence in Writing
2015 – State Champion, UIL Headline Writing Kiara Reyes (1st Place)
2015 – District Champions, UIL Journalism