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To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Chelsea Fechter and I am a first year student at Georgia Tech. I have had Professor Crawford for two semesters and have experienced his remarkable teaching abilities in many different venues. I can confidently say Professor Crawford exemplifies the best qualities of an educator.

His lecture style is versatile and engaging. He stresses the importance of understanding, comprehending, and applying course material, rather then just “getting through it.” His capability to switch between lecturing to, not at, the students and engaging the class in a group discussion is remarkable. The two classes I took with him, one focusing on domestic architecture and the other in biomedicine and culture, were exceptional. His depth in knowledge in both subject areas is impressive and informative. There was never a question unasked or unanswered. My peers and I never felt there was a “dumb question” and Dr. Crawford always took the time to explain background knowledge to further explain material, allowing for a well-rounded understanding.

Outside the classroom, Dr. Crawford encourages his students to look at the world in a different way, keeping in mind the material explored during lectures. He also encourages students to help him with outside projects. Although I wasn’t in the class, I was able to work on the “Thoreau Housing Collective” and learned about 19th century architectural methods and tools. He helped me get paper work together in order to become Wilderness First Aid certified as an extension of the Biomedicine and Culture class.

Along with outside projects, he gets his students involved in outside presentations. For my English 1102 class, a few of my peers gave a Pecha-Kucha presentation at a Thoreau conference being held in Atlanta. This experience provided greater educational experience and allowed learning to travel outside the classroom because we presented class material to experts in the field.

The experiences and knowledge Professor Crawford has provided me my first year at Georgia Tech has me very excited for my future years here. He has given me confidence to analyze research papers, self-assurance to give presentations to experts in their perspective fields, and the desire to expand my learning outside the classroom setting. I sincerely hope there will be an opportunity for me to be involved in another one of his classes and I know I will be involved in his projects probably until after I graduate. I predict this because, once you are a “Crawford Kid,” the relationship he cultivates with his students keeps them coming back for more.

Please call or email me if you have any questions,


Chelsea Fechter Georgia Institute of Technology Biomedical Engineering 2013 cfechter3@gatech.edu 706-825-1710

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