When it comes to the field of special education, Dr. Katie Krammer is well-known for her passion and expertise as an educator, parent and advocate.
In recognition of her efforts in the field, Dr. Krammer, associate professor and coordinator of special education at Lake Erie College, has been selected to receive the 2017 Milestones Parent Tribute Award. The honor will be presented at the 15th Annual Milestones Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference taking place June 14-16 in Cleveland.
Presented each spring, the Parent Tribute Award honors parents who have extended themselves to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs. Herself the parent of two sons with autism, Trey (6) and Quinn (2), Dr. Krammer is an active advocate for the special needs community.
After she and her husband, Edd, received their first son’s diagnosis, Dr. Krammer reached out to the local State Support Team Region 4 to help establish the Lake/Geauga Autism Support Group. Now three years old, the group has grown to include over 50 families, in addition to the more than 200 families and caregivers who receive support on the Autism of Lake County, OH’s Facebook support group page.
“This group has brought so many people together not just for those meetings, but it has truly created a network of support for the parents/caregivers and also for our kids,” said Dr. Krammer. “We have become this family who all look out for and support one another and it is amazing!”
Though her sons’ diagnoses were difficult to hear, Dr. Krammer is well educated in the field and understood the intricacies that accompany autism. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, a M.S. in Education with an emphasis in Deaf Education, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education with an emphasis in Teacher Education and a minor in statistics, all from the University of Kansas. Additionally, she’s earned a certificate for educational sign language interpreting and worked as a sign language interpreter as well as an intervention specialist for deaf and hard of hearing students for many years in public schools prior to going into higher education, first as a faculty member at Ursuline College before joining the faculty at LEC in 2009.
“With every step of the way through the diagnosis of both of our sons, I have constantly thought, if it is this hard for me, someone with a Ph.D. in special education, what must other families be going through?” said Dr. Krammer. “Consequently, it only renews my dedication toward helping to support families. As a professor of special education, I was always devoted to preparing great special education teachers, but now that they could be my sons’ teachers someday, it has only elevated my passion.”
Dr. Krammer is the faculty member behind LEC's fully-online Mild-Moderate Intervention Specialist Licensure program, a program designed for already licensed teachers or those eligible for licensure who are seeking to add a second license to teach children in grades K-12 with mold-moderate disabilities and educational needs in a variety of inclusive settings. She also coordinates LEC's traditional undergraduate initial license program on campus.
Additionally, Dr. Krammer often serves as a contact to local families going through the diagnosis process, sits on various advisory boards, and gives presentations locally and nationally on autism and the support of parents and caregivers. Her research interests include universal design for learning, differentiation, cognitive learning strategies and supporting families who have children with autism.
“We recognize the tremendous effort [Dr. Krammer has] put forth to provide services and support for individuals with disabilities, especially autism spectrum disorder,” said Jackie Nash of Milestones Autism Resources in her letter informing Dr. Krammer of her award. “We look forward to recognizing [her] significant contribution!”
When asked what her message is to inspire others to serve the autism and special needs community, Dr. Krammer stresses the importance of making connections with others. “Given the prevalence [of autism] being what it is, there is no reason to have to feel like you are going through this alone,” she said. “It can be a challenging road sometimes, but when we walk it together we can make a bigger difference in our children’s futures.”
Lake Erie College is incredibly proud of Dr. Krammer for her efforts and we congratulate her on this impressive recognition!
For more information on the 2017 Milestones Parent Tribute Award, visit http://milestones.org/conferences/about-2/award-nominees/.Back To News