Karen Beaman

Karen Beaman

Program Chair

Director of Graduate Programs in Education Leadership and Administration | Director of Trauma Informed Education

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Karen G. Beaman is the Director of the online Master's Program in Educational Administration and Leadership and Co-Director for the Master's Program in Trauma-Informed Education. She has an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. Her pathway to Columbia College began as a classroom teacher in 1993, and became one of the first Instructional Technology Specialists in Richland School District Two. Enjoying the work with teachers and students, this led to becoming an Assistant Principal and Principal at the elementary level. As a principal, her school worked with Columbia College by hosting student teachers. She recently retired and is so honored to be here as a koala! #GoKoalas

The impact educators have on a child's education can truly change his/her trajectory for success. Being an effective administrator means being a teacher advocate and support system for the adults in the school building, which ultimately impacts each and every child in the school. She teaches in the EDAD and APEC program, as well as supervising undergraduate student teachers, and first year teachers who have graduated through the APEC program. Teacher education, professional development, and teacher support make a world of difference in the lives of our educators and our students.

She lives in Irmo with her husband, Joe and has two grown children, Luke and Kamryn.