Karen Hall, Ed.D.
Dr. Karen I. Hall is an accomplished Educational Consultant, University Professor, and a Department of Education Regional Supervisor with extensive experience educating, advocating, and guiding action-focused conversations centered around the theory, practice, and business of equity-focused leadership. She started her career as a distinguished educator and academic program administrator evaluating curriculum, maximizing learning opportunities, and employing innovative methods in education throughout several school districts. She has been instrumental in assessment forecasting, analysis, and strategic planning for academic initiatives while mentoring, coaching, and supporting educators to ensure professional development and equity-focused student progress.
Dr. Hall’s academic accomplishments include a bachelor’s degree in education from Fontbonne University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Saint Louis University. She received her educational specialist degree from Lindenwood University, and her Doctor of Education from the Transformative Learning in the Global Community program at Webster University. Throughout her academic career she has developed an in-depth understanding of social justice in education as reflected in her professional achievements and a dissertation title of Teaching for equity and justice: Methods and best practices of effective anti-bias educators.
Her passion for educational equity and excellence is displayed throughout her academic and professional accomplishments. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Outstanding Administrator Award from the Missouri State Thespians Association in 2013 and the Inspiring St. Louisan Award from the St. Louis County NAACP in 2014. She has also received recognition from The National Conference for Community & Justice Metropolitan St. Louis with the Brotherhood Sisterhood Award in 2019 as well as the 2020 Salute to Excellence in Education from the St. Louis American Foundation.
Dr. Hall’s leadership as the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District superintendent culminated achieving the “District of Distinction” and nationwide attention for strategic sustainability practices while leading over 1,500 students, 275 employees, and managing a $25 million budget. She developed enriched learning opportunities throughout the school district centered around social justice, community engagement, and advocacy for students to experience artistic self-exploration balanced with academic rigor. Continually present written communications and academic achievement focused presentations for educators including the introduction and implementation of the Public Education Leadership Project Coherence Model from Harvard University, resulting in enhanced achievement, alignment, and sustainability within the Maplewood Richmond Heights school district.
As an academic leader and professor at the Saint Louis University she actively participates as an integral member of doctoral committees for EdD projects, providing student mentorship and guidance to numerous students. Her role as a Regional Supervisor for the Missouri Department of Education allows her to serve as a strategic partner and advocate for district leaders as well as a liaison between The Department of Education and regional superintendents.
As an educational consultant, her mission to “Stand Up for Justice” provides her with an extended platform for delivering equity-focused leadership through numerous public presentations, community-based consultations, and the acquisition and development of superintendents throughout the country. She continually advocates for diversity and inclusion at the forefront of every educational endeavor by forging innovative community awareness initiatives, cultivating trusted relationships, and directing organizations to adopt inclusive methodologies with an in-depth understanding that education for all students is the fundamental stone in our society's foundation.