Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Kaitlyn is originally from Southern Illinois but also calls Oklahoma, New Hampshire, Denmark and Oregon home. Kaitlyn is a graduate from The University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. During undergrad, Kaitlyn spent a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark learning and living into the countries’s policies and structures including visiting an open Danish Prison, speaking with sex workers, and solely relying on public transit and bicycle commuting. Additionally, Kaitlyn spent her summers interning with Teach For America’s National Institute in Tulsa where she supported school operations for over 5,000 students and over 500 teachers in their summer teacher training program. After graduation Kaitlyn moved to New Hampshire where she served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year. She supported 27 students in math and reading who represented over 12 countries in Manchester Public Schools. Kaitlyn then returned to Tulsa where she served a second year of AmeriCorps service with Reading Partners, a literacy tutoring program, where she ran site operations for over 70 students receiving biweekly tutoring from over 130 community tutors. After spending the past 6 years working with students, teachers, and families across the country, Kaitlyn decided to return to the classroom again, but this time as the student. Kaitlyn is thrilled to learn as much as she can from the faculty in the School of Public and International Affairs. Kaitlyn hopes to understand the decisions local government make in terms of budget, management, and policy, and how these choices affect our students, teachers, and their families. When Kaitlyn is not in class, you can find her working as the graduate assistant for the Foundation Fellows and Ramsey Scholars program in the Honors College, exploring her new home in Athens, or planning her next camping trip.