As a native Bostonian, Ms. Sumner began her academic journey as a METCO student in the Lexington Public Schools for grades 1-12. The wonderful academic exposure in Lexington propelled her on to
an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brown University. Ms. Sumner’s first position in education was as the METCO Academic Liaison/Teacher in the Weston Public Schools where the achievement gap
for students of color became very apparent. The revelation of this achievement disparity created a determination in Katani to become a Reading Specialist. The next stop on the journey was a graduate
degree from Harvard University and a certification as a Reading Teacher.
Katani has worked in the capacity of Literacy Specialist at the Boys & Girls Club in Roxbury, the Young Achievers Pilot School in Jamaica Plain as well as the Peirce Elementary School in
Newton. In her current role as the METCO Counselor at Newton South High School Ms. Sumner is determined to empower her students with confidence derived from academic competence and the establishment
of the habit of effective effort. She is the co-teacher of the senior elective “African-American Literature” course that she helped to create and as the Director of Newton South’s first Gospel Choir
she is thrilled to also provide an opportunity for a diverse group of students to come together to appreciate a unique American art form. Ms. Sumner has been happily married to Rev. B. Chris Sumner
since 1985 and they are the proud parents of daughters Kandice, Kortney and Kristian.