Meet the Teacher

Phone: 256.233-6630


Degrees and Certifications:

Ed.S. Library Media, University of West Alabama M.Ed. Library Media, University of West Alabama B.S. Elementary Education, Athens State University

Mrs. Katie Harbin

Hello! My name is Katie Harbin. I am so thrilled to be a part of the HEART Academy! This is such an amazing school with amazing teachers and staff!

This is my sixteenth year teaching 3rd grade, and my 6th year at Julian Newman. I taught my first 10 years in Limestone County Schools. 

I graduated from Athens High School in 2000, then went to a two year private college in Tampa, Florida to receive my Associate's Degree. I then graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Athens State University. A few years later I went on to receive my Master's and Education Specialist Degrees from the University of West Alabama in Library Media. 

I have a husband, Will Harbin of Athens, and two boys: Maclean, 7 years old and Dansby, 3 years old. We have one dog: a border collie, Griff. In my spare time I love to spend time with my family, cook, go for walks and other outside activities. 

I became a teacher because of my love for children and seeing that light go off as they are learning. It truly is such a rewarding job to be a small part that touches students' lives. I feel so humbled and blessed that parents entrust their "babies" to me throughout the school year and it is my goal to be a positive influence and make a difference in each of my students' lives by helping them love and have fun learning. 

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