Karen Work Richardson
2786 Lake Powell Road, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-9969

Career Objective: Work to further the integration of technology in K-12 education through curriculum development and training.



1991 M.A., English, West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Master's thesis on definitions, functions and uses of literacy; concentration in Rhetoric and Composition with course work in writing theory and practice

1987-1988 Certification Program, Secondary English, Millersville University, Millersville, PA; Dr. Mary Klinedinst, Adviser

1984 B.A. with Honors, English, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA;
Senior Honors Thesis on American poet Sylvia Plath; Emphasis in History and Religion



Valid through July 1, 2005
Virginia Collegiate Professional License, English Endorsement



Aug 1992 to present
Teacher, Saint Clare Walker Middle School, Middlesex County Public Schools, Saluda, VA 23149; Contact: Joseph Fears, Principal (804) 758-2561
Currently facilitate five sections of 8th grade Communications, a computer-based class that includes keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing, and telecommunications. Students vary widely in both computer knowledge and ability level. My goal is to make the class as self-paced and individualized as possible. The class is taught in a networked 20-computer Windows 98 lab. I adopted a textbook and enhance the course with extensive teacher-designed materials including interactive multimedia presentations. From 1992 to 1997 I taught five sections of seventh grade reading ranging from advanced to regular to remedial students with a curriculum that incorporated literature study and reading skills.

Responsibilities and Highlights:

Spring 1998 to present
Instructor, Center for Business and Workforce Development, Rappahannock
Community College,
Glenns, VA 23149; Contact: Rick Ughetto, Director, (800) 836-9381
Teach six-hour, hands-on technology workshops to groups of teachers; topics include Macintosh Basics, Advanced Word Processing, Internet for Beginners and Introduction to Word.

June 1996 to May 1998
Adjunct Professor, Rappahannock Community College, Glenns, VA 23149; Contact: Glenn Courtney, (800) 836-9381
Developed and taught Introduction to the Internet, a computer science course designed for educators. Topics covered include World Wide Web browsing, electronic mail, file transfer protocol, telnet, and basic html programming. Students discuss Internet issues such as Acceptable Use policies, copyright standards, and Internet access for adolescents.

Aug 1988 to Aug 1992 English Teacher, Scott Intermediate High School, Coatesville Area School District, 8th & Olive Streets, Coatesville, PA 19320.
Taught five to six sections of ninth- and tenth-grade English to both general and academic track students with a curriculum that incorporated literature, composition, grammar, and research skills; coordinated the Journalism program with sections of Journalism I and II; and advised the award-winning school newspaper through editorial assistance and layout supervision on desk-top publishing software. Participated as scorer for the 1991 Pennsylvania Writing Assessment Program.

Sept 1991 to May 1992 Instructor, English Department, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383. Part-time position.
Duties included developing and implementing a syllabus, creating topics and evaluations, conferencing with students, and grading written work for one section of either basic or advanced composition. Required knowledge of current composition theories and pedagogical methods.



1996-1999 Presenter, Technology Leadership Conference
Roanoake, VA; Annual conference sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education.

1997-present Presenter, Connected Classroom Conferences
Virginia Beach, VA (1997); Atlantic City, NJ (1998); Baltimore, MD (1999); National conferences sponsored by the premier Internet and education organization, Classroom Connect.

1995-present Presenter, Consortium for Interactive Instruction (CII) Technology Fair
Norfolk, VA; Annual conference sponsored by CII, a subsidiary of WHRO, the local public broadcasting station, to help local educators integrate technology in their classrooms.


Conference Topics: (HO indicates hands-on)

Using an Electronic Gradebook Spreadsheets and Social Studies: A Match Made In Heaven
Internet Issues for Educators Language Arts and the Internet
Developing Your School's Web Site Sponsoring Successful Technology Workshops
Techno-Ethics: Staying Legal on Line Desktop Publishing With ClarisWorks (HO)
Beginning Hyperstudio (HO) HTML and Web Design (HO)
Introduction to Word (HO)



1996 Going Home: A Journey to the Heart of the Learning Process, in Jan/Feb 1996 edition of From Now On, an on-line technology journal (http://fromnowon.org/jan96/journey.html)


Awards and Recognitions:

1999 Technology Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Consortium for Interactive Instruction (CII), a subsidiary of WHRO, the local broadcasting station, to help local educators integrate technology in their classrooms.

1998 Netfiles, November 1998 (http://www.netfiles.org/104/archive.html)
WHRO, Hampton Roads' Public Broadcasting Station
Featured along with English teacher as part of this syndicated show produced by WHRO. Show described our integrated unit on the Titanic disaster.

1995 Corporation for Public Broadcasting K-12 Internet Testbed Grant
Awarded nearly $15,000 for hardware to connect school to Internet. As part of the project, wrote school's Acceptable Use Policy and developed school's homepage using html programming language. Provided instruction to seventh grade teachers as well as faculty and staff members on Internet use. Worked closely with grant partner WHRO, the local public broadcasting station to both write and implement grant. (http://www.cpb.org/edtech/k12testbed/index.html)

1995 Virginia Education Association Mini-Grant:
Co-awarded $500 grant to implement an oral history project as part of the seventh grade social studies and reading curriculums. Money was used to purchase trade books (The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers) and tape recorders for use by students in preparing presentations on their family histories.



ClarisWorks 5.0, Adobe Photoshop 5.0, Adobe Pagemill 3.0, Director 7.0, SoundEdit, Microsoft Office 97 (Win) and 98 (Mac) including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, FrontPage, Netscape Communicator, Internet Explorer


Professional References

1. Mr. Brian Callahan, Vice President
Computing and Online Service
5200 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, Virginia 23508
(757) 889-9400

2. Mr. Rick Ughetto, Director
Center for Business and Workforce Development
12745 College Drive
Glenns, Virginia 23149
(800) 836-9381