"Katie Cooney is the Director of the ReNEW therapeutic Program as well as the Special Education Coordinator at SciTech Academy. Katie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Political Science and started teaching through Teach for America in 2005 in the Mississippi Delta. She stayed and taught in Indianola, MS for the next five years. During that time, she taught high school English as well as Literacy to students entering high school unable to read. During her last year in Mississippi, Katie completed an internship for her Masters in School Leadership from Columbia University-Teacher’s College through the Summer Principal’s Academy. After graduating in New York on a Sunday, Katie flew to New Orleans and began her work as a Special Education Coordinator with ReNEW the next day. She continues to work within the same job as well as managing the ReNEW Therapeutic Program. This program supports students with severe emotional and behavioral concerns who need the therapeutic aspects of the program to be successful in school and make a positive transition back to general education settings with support. She hopes to continue working students with severe emotional and behavioral needs and working to find creative solutions to ensure they are able to obtain a quality education as well as ensure that SciTech Academy continues to ensure all students are receiving a quality education, regardless of disability."