Q1: Please provide your name and some contact information for us.
Name: Dr. Katie Krammer
Current title: Assistant Professor of Education, Coordinator of Special Education Licensure
Campus Address: Garfield A14
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Phone Number: 440.375.7381
Q2: Please provide us with your educational background.
Pratt Senior High School, Pratt, Kansas
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, University of Kansas
Masters degree, Special Education
University of Kansas
Doctor of Philosophy, Special Education
University of Kansas
Q3: Describe your area(s) of research.
Differentiation and Universal Design for Learning, Self Determination and Cognitive Learning Strategies, Deaf Culture and American Sign Language
Q4: Tell us when you joined the faculty at Lake Erie College.
Q5: How and why did you get into teaching?
I grew up in a small Midwestern town without a lot of diversity. During my junior year of high school a student moved in who was Deaf. Unfortunately I saw some of the other kids make fun of him because of his deafness and speech difference. I became his friend and decided I would be a better friend if I knew his language. Thus, I started taking classes in American Sign Language at the local community college. Once I could communicate with him I realized he was he behind in his academics. I then became his tutor, and the teacher within me was born! I adore preparing future teachers and consider it a calling rather than a "job.”
Q6: Why did you choose to teach at Lake Erie College?
Lake Erie offers me the opportunity to truly know the students. I care deeply about preparing quality future teachers and want to know who I am training. At Lake Erie College we value relationships, and that is important to me.
Q7: Please give an example of a real-world application of the courses you teach.
Particularly within the Education Department we strive to provide as many hands on opportunities as possible. We collaborate with the local school who allow our LEC students the experiences of working with children and applying their course work in meaningful situations.
Q8: Why do you love your discipline that you teach?
All teachers live for the moment when they see that light bulb go off, but I maintain that seeing this happen for a child with special needs is even more rewarding.
Q9: What has been your proudest moment as a professor at Lake Erie College?
Last semester I had a student tell me not only have my courses made her a better student; they have made her a better person. This truly touched me and I will remember it forever.
Q10: What one to two life skills do you try to teach your students?
Ask questions. Take advantage of all opportunities to collaborate and expand your horizons.
Q11: What one concept would you like every student to know and understand?
That they need to teach their future students the concept of self-determination. Make your teaching student centered and encourage your students to be self-advocates. You will not be holding their hands forever. They need to go out and do things on their own. The term disability does not recognize that all of us have strengths and abilities.
Q12: How do you interact with students outside of class?
My door is literally always open for students to drop by. I also provide multiple opportunities in the community for students to attend functions related to special education.