Dr. Katy E. Hisrich is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Governors State University. She serves as the committee chair and faculty advisor of both the Student Education Association and the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society. She won the Best Advisor award from the National Education Association in 2017 and from GSU Student Life in April 2018. She has served as a mentor for SLI at GSU for 3 years. In May 2018 and 2019, Katy led two study abroad programs for students in education to Slovenia and China. Currently, Katy serves as the program coordinator for the Early Childhood Program at GSU.
Since 2015, Katy has been awarded over 14 grants for community service, professional development for educators, and student learning. She has 5 publications and over 20 presentations in various fields of research.
Katy Hisrich received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University in 2010 and B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Child Development from Vanderbilt University in 2001. She has 17 years of experience in the field of education, including 7 years as a kindergarten teacher and 10 years as a university professor in both education and psychology departments. Katy also consults with various organizations to provide training, design programs, write curriculum, develop websites, and conduct data analysis and market research. Katy also produces a podcast that provides tips and stories for college students.
Dr. Katy Hisrich's research includes read-aloud practices, learning, development psychology, technology use in education, family engagement, parent education, social media use among students, student success, teacher preparation, feedback and reflection for teacher candidates, culturally responsive teaching practices, and entrepreneurship with children.
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The Starfish Flinger
As the old man walked the beach at dawn, he noticed a young man ahead of
him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Finally catching up
with the youth, he asked him why he was doing this.
The answer was that the stranded starfish would
die if left until the morning sun.
“But the beach goes on for miles and there are
millions of starfish,” countered the other. “How can your effort make any
The young man looked at the starfish in his
hand and then threw it to safety in the waves.
“It made a difference to that one,” he said.
who will you make a difference to today?