My name is Catie Ramsey. I am an aspiring educational leader with eleven years of experience in elementary education, serving on leadership teams and teaching art at K.T. Murphy School. I hold a 6th Year in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Bridgeport, A Master of Arts in Holistic Thinking and Learning from the Graduate Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University. I also studied Fine Art at Montserrat College of Art. I believe education should empower learners of all ages to pursue knowledge, develop empathy, appreciate diversity and inspire a life of learning. I hope to become an educational leader to assist teachers, administrators, students and their families to achieve this goal in addition to their own. I have a passion for developing a positive school climate by integrating the arts into the school community through family learning nights, student art showcases, collaborative murals and after-school enrichment programs. I have experience writing grants for classroom projects, schoolwide enrichment programs, and technology. I have worked in collaboration with the administrative team and colleagues to lead instructional initiatives in math, literacy, social studies, and science. I have served on the PTO Board, School Governance Council, Data Team, Responsive Classroom Committee and Focus Walks. I am also the coordinator of the Masterminds after-school enrichment program at K.T. Murphy. Aside from teaching, I love to run, practice boxing, doodle in my sketchbook, read and write. I even love to cook when someone else cleans up for me!
I have been teaching art at K.T. Murphy School since 2006. Since I was a little girl, I have loved drawing, painting and all types of creating. My family encouraged me all my life to continue making art, especially my mother who is an art teacher too! I was incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to attend college after high school. Art opened up many doors for me. I decided to become a teacher because of a few very creative individuals that inspired me to learn and seek out what I love to do. I hope I encourage my students to pursue their dreams too. Some of the people who inspired me were teachers, and many of them are still art teachers in Stamford. When I decided teaching was the right path for me, I transferred to Southern Connecticut State University. I learned all that it takes to be an artist and a teacher at this university with the help of my mentor teachers. My beliefs that creativity, learning, and leadership go hand-in-hand inspired me to continue learning and researching this idea. I went back to school again from 2010-2013 and earned two more degrees in Holistic Thinking and Learning, and Educational Administration and Supervision. Hard work and dedication helped me stay focused and achieve these goals, but it wasn’t easy for me. Being able to inspire students and be part of their learning process is why I love teaching and want to become an educational leader. One day I hope to use my leadership skills and creativity as a school administrator. I want my students to believe they can do anything their hearts desire as long as they work hard, focus on their goals and are not afraid to try. Teaching is a gift that I feel fortunate to have in my life.
Here are some digital stories about my philosophy of creativity, leadership, and learning.