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Kat Laxton

kat laxtonKat is a science coach and teaching assistant for the University of Washington’s Secondary Teacher Education Program.  As a teaching assistant and coach, she works primarily in helping support and develop the ambitious and equitable teaching skills of the UW’s teacher candidates.  As a doctoral student, Kat’s research interests include ambitious and equitable science teaching, teacher learning & practice, educational policy and policy implementation.
Kat earned her B.S. and M.Ed. in Education and Earth Science (concentrated in Geophysics) from Louisiana State University.  Prior to beginning her Ph.D. at the University of Washington, Kat spent ten years teaching in public and private schools in Baton Rouge, LA, Nashville, TN and Houston, TX. Throughout her teaching career, Kat has enjoyed working with students in science clubs and while coaching swimming and cross-country.