Clinical Placement Coordinator
On staff since 2009
M.Ed., Interdisciplinary Studies in Curriculum and Instruction, National-Louis University, Wheaton, IL, 2001
B.A., Elementary Education, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, 1993
Professional and Personal Interests
Karen Felker comes to Wheaton College with nine years of experience teaching elementary education in Wheaton-Warrenville Community Unit School District 200. Since 2009, Karen has had the great opportunity to work and partner with the surrounding school districts by coordinating and supervising clinical placements along with teaching coursework. She continues to work diligently on creating and maintaining positive relationships among students, teachers, administrators, parents, colleagues, faculty, and the community. She oversees Illinois Teacher Licensure Entitlements and Endorsements for Wheaton College education graduates and collaborates with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Licensure Division.
She believes the purpose of education is to prepare and guide each unique individual to live as a lifelong learner in our complex and changing society. She is dedicated at providing every student with opportunities to strengthen and contribute their knowledge, skills, and talents in a positive, supportive learning environment. Her educational plan is designed to motivate students to develop their physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual areas as she uses effective teaching methods and curriculum with a Christ-like love and focus. By having the opportunity to supervise college students in becoming excellent teachers and role models for students, she is able to keep up with the present teaching practices and see teaching in another perspective. She continues to be a dedicated elementary teacher by fulfilling her on-call substitute role for Wheaton-Warrenville C.U.S.D. 200, adapting to all grade levels, conducting quality teaching, and ensuring a positive learning environment.
In addition to her professional interests, Karen enjoys being an active member in her church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and taking a leadership role on the Children’s Renovation Team. She is married and has been blessed with twin daughters. She enjoys playing the piano and flute, accompanying elementary school choirs, designing and making Gingerbread Creations, traveling, watching her daughters swim for the Wheaton Swim Club, and spending time with her family and precious dog Pepper.
- Teacher Aiding Practicum Coordination and Supervision
- Methods Practicum Supervision
- Student Teaching Supervision
- Early Childhood Education
- Theories and Methods of Teaching Language Arts