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Katy Tipson, MS Ed

Operations ManAger & Research Associate

Katy is committed to supporting organizations focused on social and systematic change, with an eye towards optimizing effectiveness, building sustainable systems, and creative problem-solving. With over 13 years in education, she brings a wide range of experience including classroom teaching, teacher management, and district-level academic and operational leadership. Her areas of expertise include special education, student support services, reading intervention, educational technology, and operational compliance. At Bloom, Katy oversees company operations and assists with client projects through research (data compilation, analysis, and reporting), and project management.

Katy began her career in education as a Teach For America corps member with the School District of Philadelphia. She then joined KIPP Philadelphia Charter School, where she worked as both a special education teacher, and eventually as a leadership team member overseeing all student support services and interventions. For five years, she was the Regional Director of Special Education for KIPP Philadelphia Schools, and helped to grow KIPP’s program to serve over 400 students with IEPs across five KIPP schools in the city. In this position, she acquired first-hand experience with multiple aspects of K-12 school design including operations, curriculum design, charter management, and strategic planning. 

Katy holds an MS in Education from St. Joseph’s University (dual certification in Elementary Education and Special Education), a Pennsylvania Level II Teacher Certification in Special Education and Elementary Education, and a BA in Communication from Stanford University. She is the proud parent of two young girls who constantly reinforce her commitment to being a part of the movement to ensure all children have access to a quality education and choice-filled lives.