Karen Ann Goeller Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Karen Ann Goeller

Deputy Superintendent
Adjunct Instructor in Educational Leadership

Karen A. Goeller serves as a K-12 district administrator and an adjunct instructor in educational leadership. Her work focuses on accelerating student learning through well-planned, evidence-based steps and strategies. Karen has researched literacy achievement in large urban settings and examined leadership practices and actions that bring greater student gains. She has served on school and district teams to lead comprehensive improvement efforts.

Subjects: Education


Karen A. Goeller has over 30 years of education experience.  She serves as deputy superintendent in a large Midwestern school district and is an adjunct instructor for educational leadership.  She has taught English and journalism in public and private middle and high schools in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Indiana.  She has also served as a dean of students, a middle and high school assistant principal, and district curriculum director.  

Karen has served on state educational technology and service learning committees.  Karen was honored with a Wabash Valley Women of Influence Award, a North Central Association Outstanding Administrator Award, Phi Delta Kappa International Outstanding Dissertation Award, Junior Achievement Educator of the Year Award, and Educational Heritage Association Educator of the Year Award.

Along with teachers and administrators in her district, she co-authored the Instructional Unit Planning Manual with Dr. Robert Marzano.  Karen received a leadership foundation grant to travel to schools in five large urban cities to research effective literacy strategies and higher levels of student achievement.  

She has published articles about the teenage brain in conjunction with a Harvard researcher and contributed an article for a state bicentennial book.  She was honored with the 2017 Golden Quill Award for Excellence in Writing.  Karen can be reached at [email protected].  


    Ph.D in Educational Administration, Indiana State University
    MA in English, University of Southwestern Louisiana
    BS in English Education, Indiana University – Bloomington

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    School and Student Improvement
    Educational Leadership
    Higher Reading and Writing Achievement
    Curriculum Development
    Effective Instructional Strategies
    Professional Development

Personal Interests

    Karen Goeller values her time with family and friends.  She especially enjoys her work with colleagues in her current administrative position.  She finds the combination of good coffee and good books to be amazing!        


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