Clara Stratameyer: The College at Brockport

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Clara Stratameyer

A prominent Brockport educator of an earlier era is still remembered.

Just yesterday, the archives got an email asking about Clara Stratemeyer, who was here was here from 1936 to 1946. She had been the president of the Association of Teacher Educators in 1938, and with the association celebrating its centennial this year, they are looking for information on educators like her who were leaders in their field.

Her time at Brockport covered the substantial transition we made from being a Normal School to being a Teachers College. This meant going from a three-year program which finished with not a bachelor's degree, but a teaching license, to a four-year program with bachelor's degree.

When she came here, she was working on her PhD, which she received in 1942 from Columbia University. This was a distinction in an era when many Teachers College faculty did not have a PhD, and it was not essential as a terminal degree. She was active in many educational groups beyond the one who contacted us. Along with several other Brockport educators of that day, she was a founding member of the Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an educators society.

She was an active researcher, too, in an era when the weight of expectation for faculty fell on teaching more than scholarship. She had traveled extensively in France and particularly Germany in the late 1920s and early 1930s, researching their teacher training programs.

Clara Stratemeyer was also active in many ways beyond her role as what would be an education professor nowadays. She was instrumental in helping students at Brockport establish the Newman Club, for example.


Charlie Cowling,


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