P3 #59 Karen Steffenson

By Noa Daniel

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Karen Steffensen has been in education for over 35 years. Her career spans four teaching divisions within three provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. Her main areas of focus for the development of curriculum material has been Literacy, Social Studies, and teaching in and through the Arts which includes numerous choral compositions, an original anti- bullying musical and an elementary Homelessness curriculum written for York University’s Faculty of Education Research and Field Development Office, published on the Homeless Hub. Karen is the Team Lead for the London East Field Team, Ontario Ministry of Education’s Student Achievement and Supports Branch. Prior to this, she was a Supervisory Officer with the Surrey School District, in British Columbia and Student Achievement Officer on the Capacity Building Team within the Ontario Ministry of Education Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat. Prior to those positions, she was a Curriculum Consultant with the York Region District School Board’s Arts team and was seconded for three years to York University, serving as a Course Director for the Faculty of Education’s Consecutive Education program, teaching and mentoring Primary/Junior Teacher Candidates. Karen is also a board member of Learning Forward Ontario.