Karen Baptiste currently works for CT3 as a consultant helping to transform schools through Real-Time Teacher Coaching using their No-Nonsense Nurturer approach. She is a recognized special educator and staunch supporter with an unwavering commitment to serving disenfranchised youth, especially students with disabilities. She is always at the core of positive movements, filling the “Opportunity Gap” with equity and access in student achievement, teacher effectiveness, school leadership, and self-efficacy. Prior to entering education, Karen started her journey in Journalism working as a radio personality for WVCM 1580 Am in Morrisville, NY and worked at Fox 5 News-Good Day NY. Wanting to make a difference, Karen returned to school to study psychology and sociology, and in 2002 she began working as a behavioral specialist.
When she joined the NYC Department of Education, she received her Master’s in Urban Education and became a special education teacher in the South Bronx. While working as a special education teacher, her principal encouraged her to pursue educational leadership and attend Bank Street College of Education, where only nine people were chosen to be part of this prestigious program. She graduated with an advanced Master’s in Educational Leadership with a focus on special education. Soon after, Karen was sought to be a district administrator and became the Senior Special Education Professional Development Instructional Manager coaching school leaders, coaches, teachers and paraprofessionals through the largest special education reform in history for 1.1 million students.
Karen is known for high-energy professional development at national conferences on brain-based learning and Universal Design for Learning. In 2013, she was selected as 1 of 24 global educational Emerging Leaders from ASCD. She now serves on the Educational Legislative Committee to advocate, propose and develop national educational policy points while also serving as a board member for the Florida ASCD. In 2014, Karen was recruited to Florida to serve as a Supervisor of Teacher Development for Broward County Public Schools, where she oversaw training for 14,000 teachers and managed a district-wide Coach Credentialing program for 300 coaches and federally funded grants.
Besides her mother and mentors, Karen attributes her relentless pursuit in transforming students’ lives to Maya Angelou, who at a conference, encouraged participants to find the rainbow in their cloud, and to be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud. Besides traveling and spending time with loved ones, during her spare time, Karen authors blogs and articles in Education Week, Educational Leadership and ASCD Edge.
Karen’s philosophy is “Adversity is not an excuse for mediocrity!”