Who is Katie Connell?
I am from Massachusetts (Go Red Sox!) and grew up in a small town in Berkshire County. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master’s degree from Boston University in Art Education. After graduating from UMASS, I was interested in museum work but kept getting pulled into education. I worked in Special Education as an Education Support Professional and as a Permanent Substitute Teacher. I quickly became passionate about education and thought combining my love for museums and my passion for teaching would be a perfect career for me.
What drew you to MOSH?
I was instantly drawn to MOSH because of its evident passion for education. Before applying for my current position, I explored the website, and it was apparent that MOSH is serious about education due to the range of educational services we provide. When I interviewed at MOSH, this passion for teaching became even more obvious, and I felt instantly welcomed.
What is your teaching philosophy/style?
My teaching philosophy/style has always been providing a safe and inclusive community in the classroom. I also strongly believe that the best curriculum has a hands-on element that allows students to think critically and experiment.
What I enjoy most working at MOSH is meeting and working with a diverse population of students. It is incredible how many students I get to interact with, and I love teaching without being confined in a classroom.
Three words that describe you.
Caring, funny, and creative
What’s your favorite MOSH education program to teach?
My favorite MOSH education program to teach is the Roller Coaster Challenge program. It is a fantastic program because it’s very hands-on, and I love seeing all the different designs that students build.
What are you looking forward to in the new Museum?
There is so much to look forward to in the new Museum. I am definitely excited about the new education spaces and the awesome new Science Theater that is being designed. I think we will be able to do even more crazy science experiments and shows in the new theater, which is super exciting!
The most consistent thing that my students/Campers teach me is to redefine what success is. For some, success can look like offering to help a peer, having a positive attitude all day, or even wanting to step out of one’s comfort zone to try something new. I think it is important to recognize all the different versions of success.
What are you doing when you’re not educating society’s future STEM leaders?
When I’m not educating society’s future STEM leaders, I spend my time at the beach, binging Netflix shows, and hiking with my two dogs (Luna and Stella).
I have the superpower of generating lightning! Come to my science show in the JEA Science Theater if you want to see it!
Come hang out with Miss Katie at Camp! Upcoming Camps: