Katie Welch, Ph.D., is an educator, teacher trainer, linguist, and active contributor in the TESOL field.
For two decades Katie has taught and trained pre-service and in-service teachers in numerous settings, including K-12, adult, and higher education. She spent seven years teaching in the School of Education at UNT-Dallas, where she conducted research in educational linguistics and social-emotional learning and designed award-winning courses. Katie has prepared numerous students for Texas certification in EC-6, ELAR 4-8, ESL, and Bilingual Education, and is a certified Texas teacher herself. She co-authored Linguistics for Pre-Service Educators, and many teachers visit her blog daily with tips on how to become ESL-certified in Texas.
Katie currently provides professional development to language educators through partnerships with Cambridge University Press, Literacy Connexus, Ellii (formerly ESL Library) and many others. She presents regularly at national and international conferences, including TESOL International, Linguistic Society of America, National Association for Bilingual Educators, and Coalition on Adult Basic Education.
Katie was named an English Language Specialist by the U.S. Department State in 2021. She has provided professional development to international teachers in Poland, Kuwait, and Brazil, and also regularly trains U.S.-based international teaching assistants for university classrooms.
Based in Dallas, Texas, Katie serves on the Executive Board of TexTESOLV and has organized many regional and state conferences for teachers of English learners.
I'm a teacher first and never want to be too far removed from the classroom. Every semester, I am in a classroom so that I can continue to refine my own teaching practice, even as I work with teachers on refining theirs. I have taught more than a thousand students in-person, online, and in hybrid contexts and have created online course shells that have served many more. I bring this real-world experience to all of my workshops.