Dr. Karen Crow Roark

Gifted Resource/Assistant Principal, Long Branch Elementary, Arlington, VA
Total years as a classroom teacher: 23

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  • University of Georgia Educational Leadership 1999
  • University of Sarasota Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction 1995
  • State University of West Georgia Ed.S. Early Childhood Education 1990
  • Berry College M.A. Early Childhood Education 1983
  • Brenau College B.A. Elementary Education 1982

Teaching Experience

  • 2003-Present Grades K-5 Gifted Resource, Arlington Public Schools, VA
  • 1998-2003 Adjunct Professor, State University of West Georgia, GA
  • 1983-2003 Grades K-5 Gifted, Whitfield County Schools, GA
  • 1982-1983 Grades K-6 Special Education, Murray County Schools, GA

Special Recognition

  • 2004 Appointed Assistant Principal, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, VA
  • 2004 Teacher of the Year, Staples Corporation, Inc.
  • 2004 Educational Leadership Institute Scholar, Harvard University
  • 2004 Top 3 National Science Teachers, JASON Foundation
  • 2003 Elected Political Action Committee Treasurer, Arlington Education Association
  • 2003 The Inductee, Georgia Teacher Hall of Fame
  • 2002 Appointed, Membership Advisory Committee (National Education Association)
  • 2002 Elected President (5 th term), Whitfield County Association of Educators
  • 2002 Facilitator (I, II, III) National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  • 2002 Elected State Board Member, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
  • 2002 Examiner, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Excellence
  • 2001 Fulbright Scholar ( Japan) & Georgia School Representative to Japanese Consulate
  • 2001 National Board Certified Teacher (Elementary Curriculum Specialist)
  • 2000 Georgia Elementary Science Teacher of the Year
  • 2000 Governor Appointee, Georgia Leadership Academy and New Leaders Institute
  • 1999 A Top National Educator, Target Corporation, Inc.
  • 1998 Examiner, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Karen believes that dreams are not only what you wish for, but what
    you can actually work toward, and she tries to instill this message in
    all of her students.
  • She wants students to become lifetime learners and to understand
    that an education will not always be learned in school, but through an
    entire lifetime.


 “Dr. Roark generates an enthusiasm for learning that
is contagious! She provides a warm, supportive environment in which her
students are encouraged to think and apply their knowledge.”

Felicia A. Ruso, Principal, Longbranch Elementary School


“In addition to becoming an acknowledged achievement-driven master
teacher, Karen is a respected educator and community leader. You will
also find Karen to be a creative thinker, strategic planner, and an
intuitive mentor.

Drew W. Allbritten, Executive Director,

Council for Exceptional Children


“As a former student of Ms. Roark, I am not only forever grateful for
how she has inspired me; but also for keeping up with my educational
and beginning career challenges.”

Heather Nodelman, Former Student