Katie joined IIE in 2013 as a Student Advisor for the KAUST Gifted Student Program (KGSP). In her role with KGSP she supports gifted students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who are pursuing ESL, Foundation Year, and Bachelor’s degree studies in the U.S. in preparation for their Master’s program at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Prior to joining IIE, Katie worked in many different educational settings both in the United States and abroad as an ESL Instructor, Academic Coordinator, and International Student Advisor. Katie holds a B.A. in Sociology from Saint Louis University, a TEFL Certificate, and an M.A. in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. Some of Katie’s interests include linguistics, the use of technology in education(#edtech), and promoting citizen diplomacy through international education. She speaks Spanish, some Portuguese, and since joining KGSP has a strong desire to learn Arabic!