Katy Hammack, MEd

Adjunct Professor

Areas of Interest

Technology Implementation in the Classroom

“Involving Students in Assessment”

“Connecting to Text”

Until my retirement two years ago, I was a classroom teacher in the Santee School District. During that time, I had a number of student teachers assigned to me, several from USD. I was impressed with the caliber of students from USD, and also with the university itself. I had been invited several times to speak at SOLES events for student teachers, as well as teaching an on-campus class, “Youth and Digital Media.” Since I had taught for ten years online for Grand Canyon University , it seemed a good fit for me to transition to online education at USD. USD’s smaller online program really helps me to connect with my students more; I enjoy seeing them in more than one class; and I connected with a number of them at the graduation last May. Since many of my online students actually live in San Diego, i have met in person with some of them, and even visited a classroom or two.

Advice for Future Students?

Online education is wonderful, because of the flexibility it affords the students. However, being organized is crucial! Pay attention to the class calendars, allot yourself regular time to work on class discussions, assignments, and journals so that you don’t find yourself doing things at the last minute. Make sure you read instructions for assignments carefully. If you need clarification, USD online instructors are happy to help!

Favorite quote?

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

Anything else about yourself?

I have many loves…Bill, my husband of 42 years, my son Jarrod and daughter-in-law Margo, my daughter Melinda and son-in-law Gavin, and my darling grandchildren, Reese and Easton. I love technology, riding my Arabian mare Indiannah, camping, puttering around the yard, and reading!