Welcome and thank you for taking the time to stop by my site! My name is Karen A. Duncan. Education and I? What do I really know about it? Well firstly I have been fortunate enough to have been educated both in the Caribbean and in the United States which has allowed me to have a diversified opinion, appreciation and perspective for the education system.
I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Trinidad in the Caribbean and it was there that I received my pre-school, elementary and high school education. At age 11, I was already enrolled in high school. When my high school principal asked that all too familiar question, “What do you want to be when you grow up”? My immediate response was “a teacher”.
At age 18, I entered a college classroom for the very first time in the United States, proudly declaring elementary education as my major. Four years later, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, with a concentration in early childhood education.
I’ve always had a passion for reading, so once I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, I also enrolled in reading courses and had more than the plus 18 to begin my journey as a university professor. In 2009, I graduated with an Educational Specialist Degree in Reading. Recently, February 2016, I completed an Educational Specialist Degree, with a concentration in ESL.
As an educator with over 29 years of experience, I have taught at the preschool, elementary, middle school, and university level. Therefore, I have seen and learned a lot about the education industry over the years.
Making reference to the phrase “Knowledge is Power”, I made a conscientious decision to use my knowledge and experience to help others. I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers and college/university professors. During my tenure as a university professor, I have received numerous awards including Teacher of the Semester four semesters in a row.
In the 2010-2011 academic year, I won the Teacher of the Year for the university which I currently work. I have worked with several school districts in the central Florida region. I have spent the past nine years teaching courses such as Classroom Management, Contemporary Teaching Methods, Content Reading, Curriculum Design & Instructional Methods and Children’s Literature. Being a professional development presenter to my colleagues over the years has been very rewarding. I have had the opportunity to share best practices, methods and strategies in all of the areas mentioned above.
Over the years, I have been a teacher and a mentor. I have helped some to recognize that teaching is indeed their calling as well as guided others to see that they need to seek another profession other than teaching. Pre-service teachers have grown from my guidance and knowledge of how they should teach ELLs in today’s classrooms as well as implementing the P’s: present, punctual, professional, prepared, pleasant and participatory.
Learning is an integral part of my consultancy, so I strive to keep my professional knowledge up-to-date by attending conferences and keeping up on changes within the industry. Primarily, I am focused on building long-term, trusted relationships with individuals, schools and organizations worldwide.
I am very passionate about education as a whole- constantly reflecting on what I can do to become better. I am fully dedicated to being a change agent to help improve the problems and pitfalls currently plaguing the education industry. As a full-service educational consulting practice, please be mindful that I am here to support and guide YOU.