Kat Murray is first and foremost an advocate for exceptional learners. She readily takes the lessons learned in her own life to help other students take shortcuts in their learning, and avoid discouraging pitfalls. She has a special feeling of urgency in her for twice exceptional learners, to make sure that they don’t lose any more time with inappropriate learning techniques. As a result of Kat’s knowledge and teaching methods, students are able to open doors of learning for themselves, doors that had been previously shut. Kat effectively combines technology and hands-on activities to help students to become actual scientists, mathematicians, writers, and readers. She creatively translates math/science language into the language of each student’s learning style. Ms. Murray has worked with students of all ages, from 7 years old on up. She has been conducting these activities since 2004, while teaching as an adjunct at Drexel University, and then from 2016-2018 while teaching at the Grayson School, a (at that time) K-8 private school for the gifted. Kat taught pull-out math, Calculus enrichment courses, and computer programming while working with students at the Grayson School, currently serving as a Volunteer Instructor in the Drexel University Medical School, in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.
Kat Murray has also supported students of graduate-level courses in computer programming, Statistics, and finance-based subjects, currently offering New SAT/PSAT/ACT prep, math/science, writing/editing, and reading support. She has a special interest and experience with students who have Learning Differences.
Experienced in group tutoring and effective use of group dynamics to help students see their strengths, Kat uses her extensive background in teaching group-intensive IT topics, such as Software Project Management, to creatively facilitate peer-based learning.
While teaching at Drexel University, Kat taught a range of subjects from computer programming to database management, at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She encouraged students to take an online learning style quiz to understand their learning preferences. She would readily accommodate students who had audio processing difficulties, AD/HD, dyslexia, and other issues; when needed, she would meet with students on an individual basis to help them better take charge of their learning. While teaching for Goodwin College, the continuing education branch of Drexel, she introduced adult learners to detailed intricacies of technology, from using Microsoft Office for the first time, to learning how to manually configure a firewall.
Kat Murray knows how to help students to both thoroughly understand their learning style, and deftly use their own agency with respect to their learning. These soft skills are necessary for college and career success. Many of her former students are succeeding in college and in their jobs due to subtle yet important skills they learned while working with Kat.
Kat is currently on hiatus from taking courses toward her PA state teacher certification in either math or business, computer and information technology. There is movement in the state of PA toward creating a computer science certification. She is considering that option, should a concrete path toward this certification become available. She is participating in an October thru November Fall 2018 online course hosted by the Drexel University School of Medicine, to reinforce her skills in delivering an effective online course through proper engagement, and proper use of technology.