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Dr. Kathleen Poe

Dr. Kathleen Poe Faculty

"Be fully engaged in your learning. Be reflective in your thinking. Both actions will allow your formal education to meaningfully merge with your daily practices."

Degrees Held

  • Ed.D. – Youngstown State University, 2018
  • M.Ed. in Special Education/Supervision – Kent State University, 1987
  • B.S. in Education, Special Education Licensure – Miami University, 1984

Career Highlights

  • 29 years of administrator experience
  • Hall of Fame site evaluator, 2011-2014
  • National Blue Ribbon School (principal), 2011
  • NAGC administrator task force appointment, 2011
  • One School, One Book – National Model School (, 2010
  • OAESA Hall of Fame School, 2005
  • Ursuline College – Principal mentor new administrators
  • Presenter:
    • OAESA State Conference, June 2011 (invited)
    • IRA National Conference, May 2011(invited)
    • NAGC National Conference, November 2013 (presented)

In which online degree program do you teach?

M.S.Ed. – Educational Administration (With Principal Licensure Option)

Which classes do you teach online?

EDAD 7019: Special Education Law & Policy

What do you want students to take away from your classes?

School leaders will examine laws, guidance documents and policies that govern special education services. This understanding allows the leader to remain compliant but also provides purposeful reflection on how to create a culture that promotes success for all students.

What advice would you give to those considering the online M.S.Ed. – Educational Administration (With Principal Licensure Option) program?

Be fully engaged in your learning. Be reflective in your thinking. Both actions will allow your formal education to meaningfully merge with your daily practices.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that teachers and educators face today?

The greatest challenge for schools is being responsive to the shifting needs of students and the societal issues that shape these needs. Today, administrators and teachers are expected to meet the unique needs of each student academically, socially, emotionally and physically. Because of this expanded role, schools need more than ever to establish community-based partnerships to develop the resources and expertise necessary to support a holistic education for all students.

Why did you start teaching?

I wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of children with disabilities.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"The Happiness Advantage" by Shawn Achor

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