Education: Assistant Professor
Kimberly Kohler joined Lycoming College as assistant professor of Special Education in Fall 2020. Kohler recently earned her doctorate in special Education from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, as well as a certification in Interdisciplinary Education Sciences. She has a master’s degree in Special Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French with a minor in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to returning to graduate school, Kohler taught for over 12 years (6th grade Learning Support) at Park Forest Middle School in State College, Pennsylvania.
Her research explores ways to cultivate greater well-being and resilience of special education professionals (namely teacher candidates and pre-service teachers) through professional development opportunities and training/mentoring experiences. More specifically, Kohler is interested in ways to increase teacher retention, effectiveness, and resilience by fostering greater physiological and psychological well-being, emotion regulation, stress-management, and compassion through mindfulness, yoga, and other contemplative practices.
Currently, Kohler is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, including the Teacher Education Division, as well as the American Psychological Association, and the American Educational Research Association.
Kohler is passionate about teaching and preparing next generation of education professionals.