Part-time Instructor of Leadership, Instructional Designer
Phone
+1 (604) 513-2121

Biography

Karen grew up in Richmond, BC and first learned how to lead and love others from her parents, who served for many years in the local school and church communities. She has an eclectic career background as a classroom teacher, online school administrator, award-winning choral conductor, volleyball coach, and university course writer. Karen currently works at Trinity Western University as an instructional designer and part-time instructor in the BA/MA Leadership programs. She is a Doctor of Education candidate at the University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses on equipping teachers to thrive in the online education environment, emphasizing the role of technology to help students become collaborative learners, content creators, and engaged global citizens.

Karen has presented at conferences across Canada, including EdTechTeam Summits, RenewED, InspirED, the Christian Home Educators Conference, and the Canadian eLearning Network Digital Learning Symposium. She is a Google Certified Trainer and offers synchronous and asynchronous training sessions for educators and organizations wanting to incorporate G Suite tools into their pedagogical practices.

Karen thrives when helping people discover their spiritual gifts and talents, and empowering them to fulfill their role within the body of Christ. She and her high school sweetheart Aaron live in Walnut Grove with their two children, Kayte and Ben.

Research & Scholarship

Education

Ed.D. (cand.), K-12 Educational Leadership, University of Western Ontario

M.A., Educational Leadership, Trinity Western University

B.Ed., Secondary Education, University of British Columbia

B.Mus., Voice Performance Concentration, University of British Columbia

Dip. Mus., Capilano University

Expertise

  • Educational Technology
  • Curriculum Development
  • Assessment
  • Personality Theory
  • Servant Leadership
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Music Theory
  • Choral Conducting

Courses Taught

  • LDRS 620 Worldview Foundations of Educational Leadership
  • LDRS 626 Leadership for Contemporary Education Issues