B.A., American University
Growing up in a family of dedicated educators and life-long learners, Katie Cannito was inspired at a young age to become a teacher. With a love for history, and a BA in the subject from American University, she earned her MAT from Montclair State University before coming to MBS to teach history in 2010.
Katie’s time at the school has vindicated her early instincts that this was the career for her. In the classroom, she embraces the opportunity to devise creative assessments, to ask students difficult questions, and to share her passion for the study of the past with students. The freedom of the MBS curriculum has given Katie the opportunity to plan lessons around some of her favorite historical eras and figures, including Bismarck and the rise of nationalism in 19th century Europe. In her electives, including “World Religions” and “Reel to Reel,” she is able to explore personal interests that cut across history and reach into other disciplines.
Each year, Katie finds new ways to invigorate and challenge herself to become a better teacher, from experimenting with innovative, research-based classroom redesign, to collaborating with her English Department teaching partner on ambitious humanities projects. “If I want my students to take risks, I need to be willing to do the same thing,” she says. “Some of the ideas I've tried out have been incredibly successful, and some have been total flops. But I wouldn't know what works well if I didn't try at all.”
Beyond the classroom, Katie is the advisor to the Student Government Association at MBS. In student government, she enjoys the chance to help the student officers become better leaders. Alongside her work at MBS, Katie is completing her MA in school counseling, and is eager to expand her role in the School Community.