Candidate for State Senate, Mississippi’s 8th District
Service: Teach for America
Kathryn is a working mom who believes in the power and possibility of all Mississippians. Her experiences as a parent, teacher, and business leader taught her that when we put the right people and the right resources in the right places, we can transform our state and foster thriving communities. Kathryn has the tenacity, courage, and commitment to make this vision a reality.
Kathryn grew up in small-town Thomson, Georgia - where she and her brother learned strong family and community values. Her parents, both educators, are models of community-based servant leadership, and showed Kathryn and her brother how to show up, stay late, and work hard for the things they believed in.
Kathryn graduated from Thomson High School and then studied English and Philosophy at the University of Georgia. In 2004, Kathryn joined Teach For America and moved to Marks, Mississippi, to build a choral music program at Madison S Palmer High School. She led the choir to all Excellent ratings at their first District Choral Competition. Dedicated to education and the arts, Kathryn stepped out of the classroom to lead the Thacker Mountain Radio hour, where she built a 500+ membership program, expanded the program’s in-state reach, and founded a thriving internship group. Now, Kathryn serves as Teach For America - Greater Delta’s Chief of Staff and works with more than 125 teachers across Mississippi and Arkansas.
Kathryn lives in Water Valley with her husband, Joe, and their two children, Emma and Herschel, and is an active parent, an invested community member, and an advocate who will work hard to make sure everyone has a voice. Kathryn’s community work is grounded in consensus-building leadership. She believes this is the kind of leadership we need at the state level. As your senator she will work to fully fund education, make smart economic development choices, and create a strong plan for much needed infrastructure repair.