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. In her spare time Karen enjoys needlework, traveling, grandchildren, walking her dog and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals.
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.
Making Sense of Numbers(Grades PreK-K)
Explore new ways to engage young learners with numbers. These hands on activities and games will focus on ways to help students master counting and simple number facts.
Math-tivities for the Early Grades (Grades 1st-2nd)
Increase student familiarity in the mathematical practices and the Common Core content standards through engaging activities and games. Who knew math-tivities could be so much fun!
Making Games Meaningful (Grades 3rd-5th)
Engage your students in games and activities to gain competence with the Common Core. Leave with oodles of new ideas.
Core Workout (Grades 6th-8th)
Exercise ways to implement the Common Core and Math Practices by playing math games. Be ready for a rapid pace workout that will make your students enthusiastic about math!
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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