Katie Kirley is a Director of Instruction at Gary Lighthouse College Prep Academy in Gary, Indiana. Gary Lighthouse CPA is a rigorous, arts infused charter high school that will have its first graduating class in 2013. Katie received a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Loyola University Chicago in 2007. After college, Katie joined Teach for America and taught 7th and 8th grade math and science at Gary Lighthouse Charter School. She continued her stay in Gary as the Upper Academy Chair and High School Algebra teacher. In her current position, she coaches teachers, facilitates curriculum development, analyzes school wide data and leads staff wide professional development; as well as coaching the varsity girls basketball team. Katie is most looking forward to collaborating with incredible and passionate educators of the 2012 SPA NYC cohort, as well as continuing to develop the skills necessary to lead an urban high school that sends 100% of its scholars to college.