Spring 2010 TRINITY Magazine, Career & Calling
Kathy Nimmer ’91
Title: Author and teacher
Kathy Nimmer ’91, author, teacher, and motivational speaker, has been named Alumna of the Year. An English teacher at Harrison High School in West Lafayette, Indiana, for 18 years, Nimmer, who is blind, has strived to inspire and educate the public about disabilities.
In 2009, she was named one of nine Distinguished Fellows by the Lilly Endowment. The award was accompanied by a $25,000 grant to fund Nimmer’s book project Two Plus Four Equals One, an anthology of true stories about people with disabilities and their service dogs. She said the book will “celebrate the fascinating partnership between the disabled and their working dogs.”
She writes and edits the Harrison High School newsletter and in 2007 created the Elena Awards Poetry Contest for elementary and middle school students. Nimmer won the Helen Keller International Memoir Contest in 2006 and the Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004.
After graduating from Trinity with a degree in education, Nimmer earned a master’s degree in English from Purdue University.