Katie Motyka (she/her) is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellow who teaches 5th-8th grade math at Freire Charter Middle School. She has been a classroom teacher for the past 8 years in her hometown of Philadelphia, where she previously taught 5th and 6th grade ELA. Katie is a member of FCMS’s Students & Standards Supports Leadership Team and coaches the afterschool Double Dutch club. Katie has been an active member of Building Anti-Racist White Educators (BARWE) since 2016 and co-leads FCMS’s local chapter. Before becoming a teacher, Katie managed UPenn’s Infant Language Center researching how babies acquire language. Her work has been published in the journal “Psychology Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.” Katie graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology & Fine Art and her MSEd in Elementary Education.