Katherine Leigh

Director of Simulation Innovations and Applications


  • MEd, University of Virginia, 2014
  • BS, Texas Christian University, 2008

Katherine Leigh oversees the vision, implementation, and continuous improvement of the EHD Simulation Lab, an innovative mixed-reality simulation training platform, with the aim of accelerating teacher proficiency in equitable, sustainable, and rigorous instructional practices. She develops customized simulation scenarios across EHD departments, while supporting the integration of simulations into courses and programs. She is a third-year doctoral student in the Curriculum & Instruction program at the University of Virginia. Before entering her doctoral studies in 2019, she spent five years teaching lower elementary at a large, public school in Texas and five years teaching upper elementary at a small, independent school in Virginia. Her research interests include the intersection of equity, social justice, and diversity in education; helping teachers become anti-racist by identifying and breaking down their biases; and using simulated encounters to develop the understanding and application of anti-racist beliefs and practices.