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 currently focuses on professional development workshops for teachers. Over 300 workshops have been offered at the school and district level to over 4,000 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.
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 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 seven years she has been volunteering weekly in a high school math tutoring program as part of an outreach program at Trinity Church.
She currently is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Metropolitan Math Club of Chicago.
Math Professional Development
Over 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 Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.
The Core of Number of Sense (Grades PreK-K)
Explore activities and games that provide young children with opportunities to understand number concepts. Leave with a collection of activities to help children make sense of numbers.
Playing with the Common Core (Grades 1st-2nd)
Students love to play. Explore ways to use games and activities to review and reinforce the state standards. Leave with a collection of hand-on games to use with your students.
Math to Go (Grades 3rd-5th)
Ready to play? Come and play a wide variety of games that will reinforce ideas that are in the Common Core State Standards. Leave with a collection of classroom ready games that will motivate your students
Let the Games Begin (Grades 6th-8th)
Learn how to use games in your classroom to address the Common Core. Join us to engage in games that incorporate a variety of mathematical standards as well as ways to review concepts that will motivate 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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