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Kathryn Brownell

Kathryn Brownell: Under the Macro and Micro-Scope!

Kathryn Brownell grew up on a grain farm in southern Indiana where she was taught to have a strong work ethic at a young age; and work is what she has been doing ever since.   Kathryn’s resume is as diverse and accomplished as her interests and she wouldn’t trade her experiences for anything.  Kathryn earned her bachelor in arts degree in humanities from Purdue University.  She spent 2 years in Europe at the University of Strasbourg studying language and international business and in 1976 earned her master’s in business administration in finance from Indiana University.   She began her career in the corporate banking world with Bank of America and later, JP Morgan Chase.  “I have had the corporate hands-on experiences for many years and had so much to share, and teaching really fit that mold for me,” she said.  In 1988 Kathryn and her husband moved to the area to raise their 2 children and it was during that time that her entrepreneurial spirit was kindled.  Having a great love for the arts and music, Kathryn started a ballet studio in Watertown and later opened a pre-school in Dexter.  In 1998 she was hired as an adjunct instructor at Ft. Drum where she taught personal finance and introduction to business courses and in 2000 taught macro-economics here at Jefferson.  In 2005 Kathryn was offered a full-time teaching position at the College where she teaches both economics and finance courses.  “I love how helpful all the professors are, we all have a service attitude and we are a true community here, it’s what I love most about Jefferson,” she said.  Kathryn is known as both passionate and caring and tries to spend as much time helping her students as she can; making every minute count.  “I love helping my students achieve their dreams in any way I can, whether it’s securing scholarships for them, helping prepare them for future study, or just seeing their dreams realized when they get that job they’ve applied for, it’s so rewarding to be a part of that.” 

Kathryn also dedicates her time as the business coordinator for the Education Demonstrating Growth & Excellence (EDGE) program. The EDGE program allows qualified high school students from around the area to take Jefferson’s college courses taught by their high school teachers. The high school teachers undergo the same application and approval process, as adjunct instructors who teach on campus. “This program allows high school students to earn college credit and all EDGE students are considered college students. The text books, rigor of assignments, and grading policies are the same as those used on campus for the identical course; it is such a great experience for these high school students,” she said.

Kathryn’s love of business and finance shines through in her classroom, but don’t be surprised to find her on another type of stage as well; as keyboardist and fiddle player for the JCC rock band Lost Faculties. She has been playing with the band for 32 semesters and shows no sign of slowing down both on the keyboards and in the classroom!

To learn more about our business programs, contact the admissions office at 786-2277.

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