I have had a varied and rich career in education. As an innovator, I have implemented and created creative, nontraditional curriculum in a variety of settings, with both children and adults. An expert in STEM education, I am always exploring new ideas and learning new things.
Currently, I am the Director of STEM for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio. This role has been an exploration in the potential of after-school learning and nonprofits role in solving the equity issues in STEM. Skills acquired have included writing grants, ensuring grant requirements are met, and reporting to funders. Most recently, in Austin, I developed curriculum for Resources for Learning, an education LLC based in Austin. You can see a bit of my work here.
During the 2014-2015 school year, I developed a blended curriculum emphasizing STEAM and Maker philosophies, while coordinating the establishment of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders’ Makerspace. The curriculum is housed on our Learning Management System and is designed to allow students to follow their interests through project-based modules, and will culminate in maker projects that were shared at our first Mini Maker Faire, dubbed the Make O Rama. To read about my students’ experiences, please visit the ARS Design Lab blog.
In December, 2015 I graduated from the Learning Technology masters program at the University of Texas. I have had a whirlwind of a teaching career, spending time in roles outside of the classroom as a science specialist and master teacher. I’ve taught at low income rural and urban schools. In my classroom, technology is used as a tool by my students as frequently and naturally as a pencil.
“When the Ann Richards School was awarded a grant to transform an old shop classroom to a modern-day maker space, Kat Sauter accepted the challenge. New tools, big and small, were brought in and she taught students how to safely use them for their projects. It could have been a very chaotic process, but Kat made it seamless. She embodies the maker philosophy of tooling up, making plans, testing, learning through mistakes, and having the courage to create anything. She is a leader in the movement and an incredible asset to our school. ”
– Teri O’Glee | Executive Director | Ann Richards School Foundation