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Kramer awarded outstanding educator award by association

November 23, 2009

The Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education recently awarded Indiana State University Professor Frederica Kramer as the Outstanding Career and Technical Educator of the Year.

"I'm appreciative of the award," Kramer said. "It makes me feel that my work has been worthwhile. I am most proud of the hundreds of students that I have mentored who have gone on to lead successful careers."

Tim Railey, association awards chair, said Kramer's peers chose her because of her commitment and service to family and consumer sciences within Indiana.

"‘She has shown dedication, leadership and passion for the education of young people and been a tireless supporter of career education," he said.

The award recognizes a career educator who has made contributions toward innovative programs and who has improved the programs of career education. That, Kramer has done. For example, from 1997 to 2008 she directed the Communities Against Rape, CARe, initiative, which provided more than 35 teacher inservice workshops for more than 1,800 teachers. The CARe curriculum is used in schools to reduce the number of sexual assaults and rape among Indiana youth.

"The state approved health book has one paragraph on rape," said Kramer. "We have to quit sweeping this issue under the rug if we want anything to happen."

 For the past 40 years, Kramer has taught family and consumer sciences at Indiana State University. She served as chair from 1989 until 2009. During her time, she has taught hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to excel in their own classrooms. Many of those teachers also have received awards as Indiana and national teachers of the year in family and consumer science.

"I feel like I've left a legacy of quality teachers in the classroom," she said.

Earlier this year, the Indiana Division of Family and Consumer Sciences presented Kramer with the Professional Service Award for her long-time work in that field. In 2002, she received the President's Medal from Indiana State University. In 2001, she was named national Outstanding Career and Technical Educator by the Association for Career and Technical Education. She received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Indiana Association of Family Consumer Science in 1994 and in 1996 she received ISU's Faculty Distinguished Service Award. In 1999, she was selected as a Distinguished Purdue Alumna.


Contact: Frederica Kramer, Indiana State University, professor of family and consumer science, at 812-237-7650 or

Writer: Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University, assistant director of media relations, at 812-237-7972 or


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