Q1: Please provide your name and some contact information for us.
Name: Katharine Delavan
Current title: Associate Professor and Coordinator of Early Childhood Education
Campus Address: Garfield Center B9
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Phone Number: 440.375.7389
Q2: Please provide us with your educational background.
Kimball High School, Royal Oak, Michigan
BA The University of Michigan-Dearborn
M.Ed. Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
Ph.D. Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
Q3: Describe your area(s) of research.
1. Impacts of performance assessments on teacher preparation
2. Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project (OPAPP), Higher Ed. participant
3. Local Underground Railroad history
Q4: Tell us when you joined the faculty at Lake Erie College.
Q5: How and why did you get into teaching?
As a child I went to a school for gifted children, The Roeper School. It was there that I learned education should provide students with real choices and allow children to construct their own understanding of the world through in-depth projects and peer collaboration. My experiences as a young child instilled in me a sense of respect for teaching and learning. My goal as a professor of education is to instill that same sense of respect for teaching, learning and young children in my pre-service candidates.
Q6: Why did you choose to teach at Lake Erie College?
I was attracted to the small class sizes and the opportunity to prepare candidates for their PreK-3rd licensure. Ohio is one of only a few states to recognize the specialized approach needed for early childhood education.
Q7: Please give an example of a real-world application of the courses you teach.
There are numerous opportunities to work with children in the local Painesville City Schools. For the past seven years, pre-service candidates have been required to tutor students in reading at Maple Elementary. The tutoring requirement is embedded in reading courses and provides candidates the opportunity to assess a child and plan instruction based on the reading assessments. This gives the candidates an opportunity to see growth in young children and to appreciate the reading process.
Q8: Why do you love your discipline that you teach?
I love sharing my passion for learning and participating in the formative development of future teachers.
Q9: What has been your proudest moment as a professor at Lake Erie College?
The culminating ceremony of TEAM-UP, a year long after school tutoring program at Maple Elementary. All of the TEAM-UP students from Maple were invited to the college to receive their awards, eat good food and share stories of their experience with their tutors. It was a moving experience to see how the Maple students and the LEC teacher candidates had formed strong relationships. The program had generated a positive experience for everyone involved.
Q10: What one to two life skills do you try to teach your students?
You are never finished learning; there is always more to learn.
Never take yourself too seriously; it is not about you, it is about the children. Smile!
Q11: What one concept would you like every student to know and understand?
All children can learn. It is the teachers’ responsibility to meet the needs of the student, not for the student to meet the needs of the teacher.
Q12: How do you interact with students outside of class?
I try to provide my students with opportunities for professional development and community service. I have brought students to OPAPP sessions in Columbus and have had several students co-present at state conferences.