About Me

Karena Nelson has been teaching English in the suburbs of Chicago since 1998.  In that time, she has taught and written curriculum for many classes at all levels from study strategies for rising freshmen to AP.  Her classroom style is eclectic, interactive, and inductive.  She is especially interested in student engagement, critical thinking, and discussion.

Passionate about teacher growth, Karena has presented at local and national conferences on topics including reading strategies, critical lenses, sensorimotor activities, and addressing race in the classroom.  She has mentored new and student teachers, and is currently completing an advanced certificate in instructional coaching.  She also co-authored a chapter in a book about teaching writing (currently #982,505 on Amazon, whoo-hoo!) and is happy to be writing again.

Karena is always interested in writing, speaking, or coaching opportunities, or generally helping to solve problems in the education world.  See her complete resume here.  Contact her here.