Our Faculty

Katie Rothwell

Early Childhood Director


At WES Since: 2017

What motivated you to become a teacher? 
In college I began my career in theatre, but after teaching drama in a first grade classroom, I found my heart belonged in schools. I quickly changed my major to education, as I believe there is no one-size-fits-all in education.

Katie Rothwell has 19 years of experience leading Early Childhood classrooms in DC independent schools, including seven years at WES. She is known for fostering inclusivity, curiosity, risk-taking, and a lifelong love of learning in her students. She has served on many crucial committees at WES, including the Master Scheduling Committee, the previous Strategic Planning Committee, and the Admissions Committee. She has mentored new families, faculty members, and teaching assistants, and she is a regular presenter at the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal School Association Fairs. Katie is currently working toward a certificate in Early Childhood Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and she has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Providence College. Katie is also the mother of two WES Dragons, Jane ’25 and Charlotte ’25.