Karen Amaker Named Director, Norwalk Early College Academy

Karen Amaker Named Director, Norwalk Early College Academy
Posted on 06/03/2014
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Karen Amaker has been named Director of Norwalk Early College Academy, the new 9-14 model program where students will complete high school and earn a college degree in Information Technology.  


Ms. Amaker joined Norwalk Public School in 2007, serving as school counselor and department chair at Brien McMahon High School.  In 2013, she took on the role of housemaster at Norwalk High, where her responsibilities have included assisting the principal with overall school administration, overseeing implementation of instructional programs, and collaborating with department chairs and other administrators to improve teaching and learning.  Ms. Amaker’s work at Norwalk High has also included constructing the master scheduling plan and process for the upcoming school year, as well as partnering with middle schools to establish a freshmen transition programs.  


Prior to joining Norwalk Public Schools, Ms. Amaker worked as a middle school dean and high school placement counselor at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco. Her other experience includes roles as director of education opportunity programs at Yale School of Medicine, program officer for A Better Chance of New Haven, and school counseling experience at New Haven Academy and Wilbur Cross High School.  


Ms. Amaker earned her administrator certification from Sacred Heart University. She was awarded a 6th year diploma in school counseling from Southern Connecticut State University, as well as a master of science in community counseling and a master of science in sociology from SCSU.  She also holds a bachelor of science in sociology from Wesleyan University.