In her role as Teacher Center Coordinator/Assistant Director for the Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative, Karen is in charge of providing staff development for the twenty-one school districts in the co-op.
Karenís first experience with computers was in 1982 when she bought a Commodore 64 computer for her son. He and his friends spent every free minute finding bugs in programs published in computer magazines. Karen decided if these young guys could learn to use a computer—so could she! Since that time, Karen has learned to use technology as a tool to work smarter in her job and has come to realize that technology is a tool for lifelong learning, providing every student an opportunity to learn anytime/anywhere. .
Due to her frustration that teachers were being trained to use technology as a classroom tool in their classroom when they had no technology to use with their students, she started writing grants not just to support training, but also to bring the technology to the classrooms. This led to Karen's involvement in writing, designing, implementing, and teaching a curriculum integration project for teachers to establish a model classroom in each of the school districts (21) served by the co-op that features the use of technology as a tool for learning. The project has been funded for the past five years through competitive grants. This grant gives the teachers the training, tools, and time to integrate technology into their classroom.
To keep current with trends in education and instructional technology, Karen is an avid reader of Educational Leadership, Curriculum Administrator, two computer magazines, and anything written on Problem-Based and Project-Based Learning. She also keeps a personal resource notebook of web sites that help her do my work and teach teachers how to use the web. She updates this monthly and distributes copies at monthly training sessions.
Karen's hobbies include playing tennis and hot air ballooning. Karen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.