Meet Katie Brown, MAT ’15
Loyola graduate makes a difference at West Baltimore school
At the beginning of the academic year at Gilmor Elementary School in West Baltimore, not a day went by when a boy in Katie Brown’s second-grade classroom didn’t hurl a desk, punch a locker, or try to hurt himself.
The student, “one of the cutest, smartest, and most adorable” children Brown, MAT ’15, said she’s ever met, couldn’t control his anger. And Brown struggled to break through to him.
“The first month of school was so hard dealing with him because I didn’t have the relationship with him,” said Brown, who arrived at the Sandtown-Winchester school this fall after earning a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University Maryland—and just a few months after the neighborhoods surrounding Gilmor were rocked by riots following the death of Freddie Gray, Jr., while in police custody.