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photograph of Kym KramerKym Kramer began her career as a second and third grade teacher for six years in an urban district on the east side of Indianapolis. While completing her Masters of Library Science degree at IUPUI, Kym was hired to be an elementary media specialist in Pike Township. Pike is a diverse urban school district with approximately 10,000 students on the northwest side of Indianapolis. She worked as an elementary (Gr. K-5) media specialist for 10 years.

In 2005 she was awarded a fellowship and began working on a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana University—Bloomington. She also continued to work a half-time contract for Pike Township. She is currently finishing her doctoral work at IU-B while serving as an Inquiry Specialist in Pike Township. In this role, she teaches evening classes for teachers as they learn how to use inquiry with their students. Additionally, she facilitates the monthly media specialist meetings for the 14 media specialists, supports the building media assistants, writes grants, co-chairs the district Literacy Fair planning group, and acts as the district’s Thinking Maps professional development trainer.

Kym also works as an adjunct instructor for the School of Library Science at Indiana University in Bloomington. Each fall she teaches S571 Inquiry for the Classroom Teacher, and during the spring she teaches S671 School Media Specialist. She loves having a foot in the “trenches” while being able to share those experiences with her pre-service students.

During her career, Kym has won a handful of awards including Teacher of the Year at Eastridge Elementary (1995) and Fishback Creek Elementary (2004); Golden Apple Award (2006); Blue Ribbon Award for Exemplary School Library Media Program (2005). She has served on the Association for Indiana Media Educators (AIME) Board as the Communications chairperson, and is currently running for a position on the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) Executive Board.

Kym has written a few articles over the years and has presented at various conferences including ALA and AASL. Her articles include:

Kramer, Kym and Connie Largent (Apr 2005). Key Words in Instruction: Sift and Sort: The Answers Are in the Questions! (Access requires login). School Library Media Activities Monthly; 21(8), 33-37. Retrieved from Education Full Text database.

Kramer, Kym (May 2005). Key Words in Instruction: Learning Celebrations (Access requires login). School Library Media Activities Monthly; 24(9), 39-41. Retrieved from Education Full Text database.


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