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  • Dr. Karen Maier Bengtson

    Academic Coach for Katherine Johnson Education Center

    Welcome, I am the academic coach at KJEC, the new home of District 742's Level 4/5 EBD and InStep programs. In my role, I work in partnership with teachers, paraprofessionals, building administration, the Learning and Teaching Department, and the Special Education Department to support student learning in all content areas. I provide coaching for all licensed staff with additional mentoring for non-tenured teachers, as well as facilitate professional development and support of building initiatives.

  • Phone: 320-370-7958



    • PhD: Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education with an emphasis in Policy and Procedure, focus on teacher perception and action (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
    • MA: Teaching and Learning, focus on performance based assessment (St. Mary's University, Winona, MN)
    • BA: Secondary Education, Licensed in Middle School Science and Biology (St. Cloud State University, MN)
    • BS: Zoology, with a minor in Fine Arts (North Dakota State University, Fargo)
  • Background

    Academic Coach 

    • Katherine Johnson Education Center (2022 - present)
    • Roosevelt and Riverwoods (2019 - 2022)
    • Clearview (2017-18)

    Other Roles in District 742

    • Higher Education Liaison (2018 - 2019)
    • Online Curriculum Coordinator (2016 - 2017)
    • Math Coordinator (2014-16)
    • Science Coordinator (2014 - 2019)
    • Middle School Science Teacher, South Jr High (1998 - 2006)

    Other Roles Outside of District 742

    • Minnesota Science Teachers Association Board Member (Region 7 Rep, Executive Secretary) (2014 - present)
    • Assistant Professor, Education Department, College of St. Benedict / St. John's University (K-12 Science Pedagogy) (2006-2014)