Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. in English and Philosophy, Hofstra University M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Florida
Dr. Kathy Lammens
I am a native of Long Island, NY where I grew up and went to college. I moved to Gainesville, Florida for graduate school at the University of Florida, and after moving around for two years, I landed back in the sunshine state! I have been living in Ocala for six years with my husband, four children, two cats and dog. I have always been interested in education. I took several education courses as an undergraduate but ultimately decided to go into academia and pursue a doctoral degree in philosophy.
After earning my Ph.D., I became a visiting assistant professor at James Madison University. At the time, I had two very young children and decided that I wanted to spend more time with them. So I left academia and taught part time until my third child was born. It was then that I decided I would homeschool my children. For the past ten years, we have been a homeschooling family. This year we all decided it was time for a change. All four of my children are in school--three of them are going to school for the first time ever! I will have two in high school and two in elementary school. Since I didn’t want to be left out, I decided to go back to school—as a teacher! This is my first year at Osceola Middle School, and I am so excited to be a part of this vibrant community of students, faculty, and staff.
After school hours, my favorite thing to do is attend my children’s sporting events. All four of them are runners, and Natalie is also a gymnast. My second favorite thing to do is to run! I often run while they are at their practices, and my kids tease me that I think I’m on the team (aren’t I, though?). I also love to kayak, read and snuggle with my children—even the big ones. I have a darling golden retriever and two very sweet kitties.