Extension Educator, S.T.E.M.
Cook County Unit
2205 Enterprise Drive, Suite 501
Westchester, IL 60154
Karen works with students and teachers throughout Cook County to help them have a greater understanding of mathematics and science. She offers classroom and after school enrichment programs as well as professional development workshops for teachers. Over 270 workshops have been offered at the school and district level to over 3,000 teachers in the last seven years, impacting over 70,000 students. In the past few years she has emphasized how to use engaging activities and games in the classroom that are tied to the Common Core Standards.
Karen graduated from Valparaiso University with a bachelors degree in mathematics. She completed her MEd in counseling at the University of Missouri.
Prior to coming to Extension, Karen taught middle and high school mathematics at a suburban St. Louis school district. She also developed curriculum and taught computer applications courses at the high school and college level as well as co-authoring two books on computer programming. In 2004, she received the Emerson Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, a state award that recognizes one teacher from each school district for his or her contributions and achievements. In addition to extensive curriculum writing, she published two books on BASIC computer programming.
Karen's Math to Go professional development program was recognized by University of Illinois Extension, receiving the Award of Excellence for Outstanding or Innovative Programming. She has presented at numerous local, state and regional gifted, math and computer conferences.
Karen currently provides classroom and after school programs as well as Mobile Science Lab programs to students throughout Cook County, with an emphasis on making math engaging and enjoyable. She also provides training for elementary and middle school teachers as well as parents to help them have a greater appreciation for mathematics and science. For the past six years she has been doing volunteer high school math tutoring as part of a program at Trinity Church.
She currently is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Science Teachers Association and the Metropolitan Math Club of Chicago.
Math Professional Development
Almost 300 professional development programs have been offered in the past seven years. These workshops will help any teacher walk away with effective strategies to use in their classroom. These workshops can be arranged at your location or at one of our offices.
Recent programs include a focus on the new Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.
Developing Math Sense - Pre K- 2nd grade
Ready or not the Common Core is coming. Engage in a variety of games and activities that focus on different skills while exploring Common Core concepts more deeply. Leave with dozens of practical ideas that you can use with your students.
Fear Not the Core – 3rd-5th Grade
Math games provide an opportunity to engage students and differentiate learning. We will explore games that focus on the Common Core standards for middle elementary students. Leave with loads of practical ideas and materials that you can use with your students.
Getting Serious About Games - 6th-8th Grade
Play and evaluate a variety of math games while exploring ways to implement Common Core Standards. Leave with a collection of materials that you can use with your students.
Any of the math workshops can be modified to fit the needs of teachers at various grade levels as well as adjusting the content of the program.
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