Chair of the Health and Human Performance Department; Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance
Professor KayDee Perry has taught at Olivet College since 2012. She teaches a number of courses within the Health and Human Performance Department, as well as math proficiency courses. Her particular areas of expertise include pedagogy, differentiated instruction and student engagement. Additionally, Professor Perry serves as president of the Faculty Senate, and she co-facilitates the College’s year-long New Faculty Orientation. She loves welcoming students to Olivet College through the New Student Orientation process, too.
Outside of her regular teaching role, Professor Perry continues to advocate for individuals with disabilities through coordinating the volunteer efforts for Eaton County’s Special Olympics Field Day and event management for the Calhoun County Field Day hosted at Olivet College.
Professor Perry previously taught in the K-12 setting in both the public and private sectors for nearly nine years. Most of her experience was in teaching secondary math with a concentration in working with students with disabilities in the traditional education setting. Locally, and her most recent experience in K-12 prior to coming to Olivet College, Professor Perry taught at Holt Public Schools, where she was able to teach high school math (Algebra I) and K-2 kinetics. Professor Perry also serves as the director of the teaching pathway at Olivet College to support students in pursuing careers as K-12 teachers after graduation.
Professor Perry obtained her bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics with a minor in physical education from Western Michigan University, as well as master’s degrees in educational leadership and adapted physical education from Grand Canyon and Western Michigan universities, respectively. Professor Perry is currently working on a doctorate in education at Grand Canyon University focused on leadership in higher education.