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2016 Outstanding Graduate

Master of Education, Special Education

Michael S. Kaminsky

About Michael S. Kaminsky

Michael Kaminsky is graduating with a Masters of Education in Special Education in May. His masters thesis is titled “The Social and Emotional Impact of Videogames in the Classroom”. Michael works as a middle school special education teacher in Sitka. He is a talented and creative teacher and has demonstrated academic excellence throughout his academic program. His teaching and his academic work reflect his passion for special education students and their progress and his unwavering advocacy.

Michael teaches middle school students in Sitka and works collaboratively with general educators, service providers, and families. He knows his students well and creates accessible content formats to ensure his students have equitable access to general education content. The District asked Michael to implement an employment ready program in which his students create resumes, apply for jobs (created in the classroom) and have to maintain their “employment” in order to help them prepare for the transition to the work force. Michael welcomes peers into the classroom and uses gaming to engage students. He conducts “Wii Friday” for the students. His students and peers from various classrooms in the school participate in socialization and friendly competition. Popcorn is served and Bun Bun the class bunny may join in the festivities.

Michael participates in class discussions and activities. His work is impeccable.

  • Dr. Jill Burkert, Associate Professor of Education
  • Dr. Heather L. Batchelder, Assistant Professor of Education
[Michael's] teaching and his academic work reflect his passion for special education students and their progress and his unwavering advocacy.
  • Dr. Jill Burkert, Associate Professor of Education
  • Dr. Heather L. Batchelder, Assistant Professor of Education