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I first came to LeTourneau in the fall of 1994 as a student. My original intent had been to attend another school, but God made it abundantly clear that His direction for me was not the way I was headed. By the end of the first year, I had fallen in love with LeTourneau University and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. In the years since, God has continued to interweave my path with the university, its students, and its faculty
Dr. Kranz was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, as the third of four children. She moved to Longview, Texas, in 1994 to attend LeTourneau University. She met her husband, Mark, during the first year of school. They married in 1997 and have four children (Shayla, Tyler, Caleb, and Alyssa). The Kranz family is active at Mobberly Baptist Church, where Dr. Kranz sings in the adult choir and an ensemble. From 1999 – 2004, Dr. Kranz worked on a contract basis for a local psychologist doing counseling and testing. The testing included both neurological and state disability testing. From 2005 – 2010, the Kranz family owned a local children's store. Dr. Kranz has worked in full time private practice since 2014. She is currently a Licensed Psychologist and owns her own practice in Longview, TX (Kranz Psychological Services, PLLC). The practice specialized in providing psychological evaluations (testing) and counseling for ages 2½ to 75. Dr. Kranz’ greatest accomplishment and greatest joy has been the privilege of staying home with the family’s four children until coming back to LeTourneau as an adjunct in the fall of 2007.
At the time I began my dissertation research, we had 5 children in our home…ages 13, 13, 12, 11, and 7. If you were counting, that makes 4 preteens at once! One day, in a fit of frustration, one of those children told me I was mean. Her statement made me wonder…when she was 5, I was the best mom in the world, so what has changed? I wasn’t doing anything differently, but suddenly she was seeing my parenting very differently. Obviously, I am the perfect parent, so there had to be something wrong with the way she was thinking. My working title for the project was pretty simple…Why is my teenager’s brain broken? Anyone with preteens probably understands the sentiment. So, the idea for research was born… I set out to find what it was in my preteen’s thinking that contributed to why our views of my parenting were so drastically different.
I grew up in a family of origin with both “gifted” and “special needs” children (a brother with ADHD). The same situation exists within my current family, as I have a “gifted” son and a daughter who receives special education services for learning disabilities from the school she attends. This situation creates a unique set of challenges for parents who have children at both extremes, both in terms of parenting techniques and preserving the self-esteem of the children involved. I am working to document parenting techniques unique to families such as this, as well as compile a list of self-esteem issues (and solutions) that face the children.