Karen Crumley Receives Sister Agatha Fitzgerald Excellence in Teaching Award

Karen Crumley is Chatfield College’s 2017 Sister Agatha Fitzgerald Excellence in Teaching Award and the Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection (“GC3”) Celebration of Teaching honoree. The award was presented at the 30th Celebration of Teaching ceremony held on Friday, October 27th at Thomas More College by John Sullivan, President of the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Karen earned a bachelor’s in Special Education from Edgecliff College andher master’s in Elementary Education from Xavier University. Before she began teaching at Chatfield, Karen served the Loveland City Schools as an intervention specialist, fostering success in students with a wide range of disabilities and ages.

An adjunct instructor at Chatfield since the spring of 2012, Karen’s first experience with Chatfield was as a student, 10 years prior to joining the faculty. She began her teaching career at Chatfield working with students at the former Findlay Market campus in developmental courses, preparing students to succeed at the college level. Her experience, knowledge, and passion has led to great success, earning her the position of Chair of the Education Department and more recently, as the College Credit Plus Advisor and Chair of the Faculty Senate. Karen is also the moderator of Chatfield’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for associate degree-granting colleges, and she has attended seminars and workshops on assessment of learning objectives and course outcomes.

Karen’s strong interest in helping Chatfield students is obvious on a daily basis. One student wrote: “Karen Crumley is an amazing teacher, willing to help, explain and support.” Her colleagues wholeheartedly agree that Karen is a dynamic teacher, student-focused and supportive of the Chatfield mission.

Peter Hanson, Chatfield’s Academic Dean said, “Karen has touched the lives of nearly all of our students, and they all have nothing but positive comments about her. It is fitting that she be recognized in this way.”

Karen resides on a small farm in Blanchester with her husband Peter and their animals. They enjoy spending time with their three grown children and grandchildren in Cincinnati and Nashville.

Chatfield College is a private, faith-based, liberal arts college offering the Associate of Arts degree in Brown County and Cincinnati, and is an open enrollment college. The Brown County campus is located at 20918 State Route 251; St. Martin, OH 45118; the Cincinnati campus is located at 1544 Central Parkway; Cincinnati, OH 45202. For more information, visit the website, at www.chatfield.edu, call (513) 875-3344 or e-mail admissions@chatfield.edu.

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