Karen Young's responsibilities include supporting program staff and participants in the Michigan Alternate Route to Certification (M-ARC) and assisting the Educator Preparation Program through the accreditation process. In her role as Program Manager for M-ARC, Karen has a leadership role in the gathering, organizing, training, and analyzing participant data for MDE program approval, federal Title II reporting, and CAEP accreditation purposes. She oversees assessment technology software, designing and leading training experiences, as well as communicates with SOE faculty regarding CAEP accreditation data-related needs.
Karen’s work at the SOE continues her mission to provide beginning teachers with robust training, mentoring, and resources aiming to provide stability in the teaching workforce and impact the leaders of tomorrow through the classrooms of today. Karen draws on 21 years of educational experience as a classroom teacher, principal, and district administrator in both brick and mortar and fully online schools. She uses her graduate work in curriculum and instruction to influence her work in analyzing data and supporting M-ARC instructional staff and participants.
Karen holds a bachelor of arts in elementary teaching from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a master’s in educational leadership from Chapman University, and is a PhD candidate in curriculum and instruction at Concordia University-Chicago. She holds Michigan and California elementary teaching and secondary Science and Social Studies teaching certificates. Karen also holds Michigan K-12 school administrator certification and currently is the Director of the Michigan Alternate Route Network.