STEAM Director-Dudley Charlton Regional School District, Dudley, MA

Karen Ares is the STEAM Director for Dudley Charlton Regional School District.  She coordinates PLTW grants and programming for the middle and high schools along with other STEM curriculum and projects for classrooms K-12.  Previously, Karen taught high school Biology and Environmental Science and is passionate about project-based learning opportunities for students.  Before her career in education, Karen was an environmental professional and her field work was published in a joint study with the USGS and Cambridge Water Department about urban salt pollution in watersheds.  Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenagers on the lakes of NH and watching the New England Patriots. She is also an avid runner who has run many half marathons and one marathon…the elusive Boston Marathon may come one day.