Karen Johnson started at Academic Approach in 2010 as an ACT, SAT, and academic math/science tutor. She spent six years as a tutor while she did postdoctoral work at Northwestern University and Chicago Medical School, but found that she loved the students at Academic Approach and wanted to have a larger impact with them. Karen has been an Associate Director since the spring of 2016.
Karen graduated from Bucknell University with a BS in Biology and minors in chemistry, physics, and math. During college, she worked as a peer tutor and a TA for many science and math classes. She then went on to complete a Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School, where she studied viruses. While there she was a Teaching Fellow on the undergraduate campus for two semesters. This fall, she will be returning to school and pursuing an MSEd in Secondary Education.
What aspect of education or teaching are you the most passionate about?
“I love sharing my excitement about science and math (and even literature) with students. I’m sure that a lot of them think I’m a huge dork, but they usually get excited when I do! We talk about how amazing it is that our bodies heal themselves and protect themselves against viruses and bacteria every day. Once they start to challenge the things they take for granted, whole worlds open up. I know that if I can get students excited about learning it will help make their lives richer and they will never truly be bored.” -Karen Johnson