Dr. Karen Cheser is currently in her first year as superintendent of Fort Thomas Independent Schools, one of the top-ranked school districts in Kentucky. She earned three degrees at Northern Kentucky University, including a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (1988), a master’s degree in Education (1992), and most recently a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and Business Informatics (2015).
Originally from Bardstown, KY, Karen earned her first bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Western Kentucky University. While working at Proctor and Gamble in Alabama, she realized she really wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a teacher. She came to NKU, completed her Education degree, and took the next steps in becoming the highly respected educator she is today.
As an undergraduate student at NKU, Karen made the most out of being a student. In addition to taking a full load of courses, she was very involved in leadership positions and student activities. For example, she served as the co-director of the Northern Kentucky Writing Project, and founded the organization Teachers Applying Whole Language (TAWL). This organization hosted conferences, made school visits, and facilitated speakers and discussions, with the goal of encouraging educators and families to take a more holistic approach when teaching language.
Karen is well-regarded as a visionary leader and innovative educator not only in the Northern Kentucky region, but also throughout the Commonwealth. While building a career in education holds many challenges, she wants aspiring and practicing teachers to know that teaching is the best profession there is.