Who We Are
Founder, and Executive Director, Towers Staff Members
Katie List is the founder and CEO for Towers of Excellence for over seven years. For over ten years, she served in Chicago Public Schools and Catalyst Charter Schools, as a Principal, Curriculum Director, Lead Teacher, and Dean of Students.
Her experiences working with school leaders, students and their families, and underserved communities, has evolved her belief that all students, regardless of life circumstances, deserve a quality education and enriching life experiences.
Katie has served as a consultant for the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, TAP system, leading and facilitating training to principals and superintendents. Katherine has served as a panelist at the NIET conferences, addressing issues for advancing teaching through student achievement and growth in specific areas.
Katie, with the support and sponsorship of Watchtower Security, developed Towers of Excellence in 2015 to support youth in underserved communities receive quality mentoring. The mission was to provide teachers with a mentor role in their school to serve small groups of students. Our mentors are in a position to provide academic support, character development, social and emotional growth, service learning opportunities and experiential learning opportunities. We believe fostering loving relationships with our scholars and families, exposing our students to opportunities they may not otherwise experience, we are equipping them with the promise of a satisfying day and future.