Katja Hamler is a results-driven former elementary school teacher with a demonstrated history of achievement and commitment in urban education settings. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from University of Delaware, Katja moved to Rhode Island in 2016 as a Teach for America corps member in a first grade integrated co-teaching classroom at Achievement First Iluminar Mayoral Academy in Providence. In her following two years of teaching, Katja taught 2nd grade students as a grade-wide Math Specialist. Throughout her three years at Achievement First Iluminar, she facilitated professional development sessions to school staff on trauma-informed care. As a Teach for America alumna, she facilitated professional learning sessions and led affinity groups for corps members. In 2019, she graduated from Brown University with a Master of Arts in Urban Education Policy. Katja also completed the Leadership for Educational Equity Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellowship in the Office of Educator Excellence and Certification Services at the Rhode Island Department of Education where she was tasked with supporting institutions of higher education and districts as the state transitioned to meet new certification regulations. Katja is passionate about urban education, education policy, social-emotional learning, trauma-informed care, racial equity and early childhood education. She is currently pursuing positions that will have an impact on closing the opportunity gap in a policy or advocacy setting.