Extension Professional Staff
Extension Educator, S.T.E.M.
Cook County Unit
2205 Enterprise Drive, Suite 501
Westchester, IL 60154
Expert in: Math Education programs for teachers and students
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 440 math professional development programs have been offered in the past ten 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.
Math You Can Count On (Pre K- K)
Early childhood teachers can learn new activities and games to engage young learners in math and new ways to make math fun.
Number Sense and More (1st-2nd grade)
Teaching math can be fun for teachers and students. Learn new activities and games to involve students as a large group or in centers.
Math Beyond the Book (3rd -5th grade)
Need hands-on ideas to reinforce the curriculum? Learn hand-on ideas to reinforce the curriculum and engage students. These fun games and exciting activities will help students not only learn about math operations and fractions, but practice these concepts in a new way. Let’s put the fun in fundamentals.
Math in the Middle (6th -8th grade)
Teachers will learn new games to reinforce the concepts. Activities are easy to implement and will make your class their favorite!
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.