This TalkLD podcast features Michael Karras, keynote speaker at the Third Annual Educators’ Institute. Michael Karras had his issues as a student, ones he will frankly share with you, linked in part to his learning disability (LD) and ADHD, but also due to the type of teaching he received. Today he has joined the ranks of educators determined to make a difference in how kids with LDs are taught across the country. His personal stories and insight as an educator will challenge you, and renew your commitment to make a difference in the lives of students with LDS.
Hosted by: Lawrence Barns, President & CEO of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario
Note: You may listen to this podcast while you are on the LD@school website, or you may download to your portable audio player and listen while you are on the go.
About the speaker:
Michael Karras, Vice Principal, Capacity Building Special Education Resource Teacher, Prairie Spirit School Division, Saskatchewan
Michael grew up in Rocanville, a small, rural farming and mining community in Saskatchewan which helped shape his passion for family and community and the belief that by working together we can succeed. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Special Education Qualification from the University of Saskatchewan.
Michael has worked in Prairie Spirit School Division since 2000, first as a Special Education Resource Teacher, then a Capacity Building Special Education Resource Teacher, and currently as the Vice Principal of a school serving students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12.
He also volunteers his time supporting The Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan, a non-profit organization that supports individuals and families that are affected by Learning Disabilities and ADD/ADHD. Michael has been a Board Member of the LDAS since 2002 and currently sits as the Past-President of the organization.