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Summer Principals Academy NYC
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Karen McCarthy

Karen is a National Board-certified English teacher and special educator in the Boston Public Schools. She is currently in her tenth year of teaching at Brighton High School, a large, comprehensive public high school. Here she has served as a Teacher Leader, a BTU Building Representative, and on her school’s Instructional Leadership Team and School Site Council. Karen has been a Teach Plus Policy Fellow where she worked to increase teacher voice in policy-making. She is also active in her teachers union. In addition, she has partnered with the Boston Teacher Residency Program as a mentor, site director, and teacher of graduate courses. Karen has written several publications, including book reviews for Teachers College Record; she is currently in the process of completing a book chapter on early-career teachers and their unions for the Harvard Education Publishing Group. Karen has been a recipient of the Sontag Prize in Urban Education and United Way’s 2010 Teachers Rock Award, which recognizes teaching excellence and commitment. Karen earned a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a M.Ed. from Harvard University. She is excited to attend SPA, where she hopes to develop the skills needed to lead an inclusive and responsive urban school where faculty and students are supported, empowered, and involved in creating the vision and direction of the school and all students are given a challenging, exploratory, integrative, and meaningful curriculum.