From the Editor:

Challenging Misconceptions and Locating Joy in Our Teaching


  • Katherine Mason Cramer


Kansas English Editor in Chief Katie Cramer challenges misconceptions about teaching and urges educators at all levels to celebrate the joy in our work.

Author Biography

Katherine Mason Cramer

Katherine (Katie) Mason Cramer, Ph.D. (she/her) is starting her 14th year as Program Chair and Professor of English Education in Wichita State University’s School of Education. Prior to earning her doctorate, Katie was a middle school English teacher in Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools, and she has maintained her Kansas teaching licenses (ELA 5-8 and 6-12) so that a joyful return to the middle or high school ELA classroom is always possible. She has been a member of KATE and on the Executive Board since moving back to Kansas (from Arizona and Georgia) in 2010, and she has served as Editor in Chief of Kansas English since 2017. Under her leadership, Kansas English has been honored with NCTE’s Affiliate Journal of Excellence Award in 2020, 2021, and 2022. Katie’s research and publications center the use of young adult literature to recognize, affirm, and teach diverse genders and sexualities in ELA classrooms and curricula. She can be reached at .



2023-06-30 — Updated on 2023-06-30



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