Annie Wetherbee is a senior at Chagrin Falls High School where she is a member of the marching band, concert choir, and drama club. In addition, Annie runs a group called TigerStripes, which matches younger students who have special needs with high school mentors. Along with her family, Annie attends Fellowship Bible Church and is active in the youth group. She especially enjoys serving as a “buddy” to kids with special needs during Sunday School. Annie will be attending college next year and hopes to major in special education or speech pathology.
Katie Wetherbee completed her undergraduate work at Vanderbilt University, where she majored in Special Education and Human & Organizational Development. Katie holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Hood College, where she served on the adjunct faculty for the Reading Specialist program. She began her teaching career in a Washington, DC area public school. Since then, she has taught in a variety of settings, including a community college, a psychiatric hospital day school, and a learning center. Currently, Katie works as Director of Education for Key Ministry. In this role, Katie enjoys training and consulting with ministry leaders and volunteers who want to welcome and include families affected by disabilities. Additionally, Katie is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in publications such as Nashville Magazine, Northeast Ohio Family, and HeartShapers. She served as the education columnist for Currents News in Northeast Ohio for two years, and blogs at katiewetherbee.wordpress.com. Katie, her husband Tom, and their two teenagers live in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.