Katina White is a proud native of Little Rock, AR. Her love and enthusiasm for STEM and youth inspired her to obtain a degree in Middle Childhood Education, with an emphasis in math and science. Katina began her career in education as an Integrated Science, Project Lead the Way, and Robotics Instructor. In this role she successfully led multiple teams to regional and nationals awards in both VEX and BEST robotics.
Katina was awarded 2018 Sherwood Teacher of the Year and 2020 Forest Heights STEM Academy Teacher of the Year. Additionally, she was invited to be a keynote speaker for the 2018 March for Science. Currently, Katina serves as Vice President for the National Technical Association-Arkansas Chapter, DEI Committee for the National Association for Geoscience Teachers, and the Arkansas Department of Education K-8 Technology Standards and Course Development Committee.
In 2021, Katina merged her passion for equity/inclusion and STEM by becoming the inaugural Curriculum Coordinator for the UAMS Pathways Academy. In this role, Katina spearheads curriculum design crafted to pique the interest of youth to one day shift the status quo of today’s health care workforce. She’s created several award-winning, nationally recognized, culturally relevant STEM programs and opportunities for grades K-undergraduate. Using multiple pedagogies, she co-creates intentional curricula tailored to impact and enrich historically excluded youth (minority, rural, low socio-economic, etc.) in underserved areas.