Ed.D. In Educational Leadership, Advancement to Candidacy, Concordia University
M.A. in Liberal Studies, Towson University
B.F.A. in Dance Education and French Education, Towson University
Karen has taught, presented, and experienced dance with babies through adults. She developed curriculum for preschool through university level Dance, French, and Literacy programs. She also advocates for dance programming at all levels and is actively involved in various Dance organizations including NDEO (National Dance Educators Organization) and DVDC (Deep Vision Dance Company).
From 1997-2007, Karen owned and directed a dance studio for children ages 3-12. The technique classes were taught in French. Students performed at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Convention Center, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Walters Art Museum.
Karen delved into the Baltimore County school system in 1991. She taught French, Dance, Art and Movement and Kindergarten French Immersion. She also developed a Dance Integration Program for West Towson Elementary School in Baltimore County Public Schools.
Throughout her career, Karen has shared her classroom excitement at conferences. Some of her favorite topics are: L’Evolution de la danse francophone, Books that Move: Incorporating Creative Movement in Story Time, The Brain and Language Learning, Dancing with the Visual Arts, and Teaching French to Children on the Autism Spectrum.
In 2012, Karen participated in an International Interdisciplinary Conference combining her research interests of Dance and French. She was one of two educators from the United States and one of thirty educators internationally selected to attend and share her expertise at this event in Sèvres, France.
Karen is thrilled to be back home at Towson University teaching Dance History and serving as a mentor teacher for Student Interns in Dance Education.