Karen Burnett is a coach for the Washington State Leadership Academy and has had the privilege of working in multiple school systems in Idaho, Washington, and Maryland. While most of her career has been spent in middle and high school settings, she has had the opportunity to explore components of k-5, as well as higher education.
In her professional life, Karen has been committed to promoting learning for all, professional growth, caring for others, and the belief in the importance of working together to continually create new pathways to improve learning.
Karen is proud of the collective and purposeful work which garnered her middle school a 2009 Maryland State Blue Ribbon and 2010 National Blue Ribbon status. This same building was one of two schools invited to demonstrate a 21st Century Classroom at the National Middle School Conference and did so with 35 “wired” 6th graders.
Karen was one of 15 middle school principals, nationwide, who was invited to meet with Sec. Duncan’s staff on the current status and needs of middle schools and in 2011 was presented the Northwest Nazarene University Educator of the Year Award.
Karen says some of her best and most important work, has been facilitating cultural change within organizations, empowering skilled professionals to become resources for their colleagues, providing infrastructure and collective data analysis in order to close achievement gaps, and working with new administrators in developing their focus as instructional leaders.