Welcome to Bridge Refuge Services
Get to Know Us
In our Get to Know Us series this week, we are featuring Katie Weber, our School Liason. Katie is another transplant to Knoxville, moving from Nebraska with her husband 4 years ago. Katie is a great asset to Bridge, and we're so happy she found her way to Knoxville!
My name is Katie Weber and I am the School Liaison at Bridge Refugee Services in Knoxville, Tennessee. I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and went to school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I majored in Secondary Education. After graduating in 2009, I served as an AmeriCorps member at a literacy non-profit organization. I spent a year teaching English as a Second Language to adults which is how I first became aware of refugees. When my husband got a job at Oak Ridge National Lab, I moved to Knoxville and began working with Bridge.
As the School Liaison I am responsible for helping refugee children and families acclimate to the local school system. I conduct an orientation with parents and students before they start school to answer their questions and let them know what to expect. Bridge also assists with the enrollment and any school related case management. The other half of my job is to host trainings for teachers and Knox County staff to help them best work with refugee students. I love having the opportunity to work closely with refugee children and help them succeed in school!