Katie Strack Proctor teaches students who are blind and visually impaired and serves as the Lead Vision Teacher for the Cherokee County School District. A 2004 graduate of Cherokee High School, Katie earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Georgia College and State University in 2009. While at Georgia College she received her Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential through Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She went on to obtain her Master of Science in Visual Disabilities from Florida State University after discovering a passion for helping students who are visually impaired. While at FSU, Katie served as President of the FAER Student Chapter and worked as a graduate assistant for Dr. Sandra Lewis. In 2013 she traveled with the non-profit organization, Ability Beyond the Horizons, to Bermuda for 3 weeks to teach Orientation and Mobility. She became a Certified O&M Specialist in 2017 through ACVREP. Katie also works for Georgia PINES as an early intervention parent advisor for children who have sensory losses.
In 2014, Katie founded Blind Believers, an extracurricular club for the socialization of students who are blind or visually impaired in Cherokee County. Through this club, students are encouraged to participate in activities that challenge them to interact with their peers and be involved in a variety of social, sporting, and service events. This is evidenced through their motto, “I can do anything you can, just in a different way.” Inspired by Lauren Lieberman's adapted sports camp in Brockport, New York and wanting to provide a summer camping opportunity for her Blind Believers, Katie initiated the first Camp Abilities North Georgia (CANGA) in July 2018. CANGA provides students with visual impairments in the North Georgia region a safe setting to participate in an array of sports activities. It also teaches the students self-advocacy skills and what adaptations they need to fully participate in PE and extracurricular sports at school. CANGA, staffed by volunteers and TVI peers from FSU, was completely funded through donations of the Canton and Ball Ground Lions Clubs, the Foreseeable Futures Foundation and Cherokee County businesses and is of no cost to the campers. In 2019, Katie was awarded the Lions of Georgia’s Anne Sullivan Award for her “exemplary work with individuals of visual impairments.”
An active member of the Ball Ground Lions Club and Canton First United Methodist Church, Katie lives in Canton with her husband, Thad, and her two children, Alaynah and Jesse.