Karen Marshall has been a science teacher for 18 years, currently educating eighth grade students at the International School of Louisiana (ISL) as Science Curriculum Coordinator and Coach. While maintaining her current role at ISL, Marshall has stepped out of the classroom to widen her sphere of influence. She is the Director of Professional Development for Stem Library Lab, STEM Coordinator for Beanlandia, Associate Marine Educator for Louisiana’s Marine Consortium, and a member of the Ripple Effect team for “Puddles to Floods”. As state standards have begun to change to phenomenon based learning with a focus on project based teaching, Marshall is leading the lower school students and teachers in this pursuit of collaborative change.
Marshall graduated from Xavier University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Chemistry minor. She also received her teaching license from Xavier University through the Alternate Route Program. Marshall serves on several boards in New Orleans, and supports curriculum for Louisiana State University’s LUMCON, and other research institutions. In 2019, she received the District Award from Shell and National Science Teachers Association and the Chairman Award from American Petroleum Institute.