Kara grew up in a small town in Ohio and attended a High School where she served as Class President and was voted Most Likely to be President. It was in High School that she discovered her love of serving, leadership and civic responsibility.
In 2001, she attended The Ohio State University as a first generation college student with a major in political science. However, during a trip around the globe, she discovered a new passion- working with children. During that trip, Kara worked with children in orphanages, various school settings and classrooms and through community based programs like Operation Hunger. When she returned from her travels, she changed her major to education.
For the last 14 years, Kara has worked as a teacher in a Title 1 school teaching many different grade levels but she is currently teaching kindergarten. Her educational career has been full of wonderful awards including The 2020 Outstanding Educator of the Year. However, if you ask her she would tell you that the highlights of her career have always been about her students. At her school, she was able to create a Robotics Program that ran strong for over 8 years and provided her the opportunity to speak at the local, state and national level. She was also able to create a Gentleman's group that brought incredible mentorship and field trip opportunities to at-risk boys in 3rd and 4th grade. Her beautifully diverse classroom is an open and loving place that is filled with both academic and cultural learning opportunities. It is a place that welcomes all students as they are and supports their growth not just for the time they are in her classroom but forever. It brings her heart so much joy to see current and past students thriving! Kara loves to stay up to date on curriculum by taking professional development and college courses through programs such as The Teachers College at Columbia University. Kara has also done many many fun learning experiences like digging dinosaur bones through The Dig School, taking archery through The American Wilderness School and studying sharks in Australia with The National Science Foundation. Kara is currently married to a High School teacher and they have 2 young children that attend Hilliard Schools. It would be Kara’s honor to serve on The Hilliard School Board.