Dr. Karen A. Jones completed her Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Ashland University with a focus on Middle School philosophy, organization and climate. She completed her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University and her Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. Karen taught Middle School Math and Science in Marion, Oh for the last 13 years. She is active in The Association for Middle Level Educators, Ohio Middle School Association, Middle Level Professors Association and American Educational Research Association.
"Controversial questions in the middle school classroom can be important assets in building students’ self-worth, their desire to learn more, and the development of their values and beliefs. My research focuses on teachers’ reasons why they are willing or reluctant to have discussions of a controversial nature during their academic class time.
My research recommends that teacher education programs provide additional information in regards to the five unique developmental characteristics of middle school students, with a focus on moral development, in an effort to widen a reluctant teachers’ zone of comfort."
Science Education Council of Ohio-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Youth Science Opportunities (Science Department)
Ohio Middle Level Association Regional Award recognizing outstanding leadership that reflects the middle school philosophy
Karen has four adult children, two daughters’-in-law and two grandsons. She just recently learned how to swim at the YMCA and has volunteered for Marion General Hospital in Pastoral Care for the last year. She also likes to spend time with her Irish Wolfhound, Murphy.