She is definitely our shining star. Congratulations Karen. We are so proud of you.
Future CEO Business Academy would like to welcome Mrs. Karen Edmondson as our new Executive Director.
Karen is a graduate of Purdue University's School of Education, with Master's Degrees attained from National Louis University, Walden University and the University of Illinois at Springfield. Karen is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Post Secondary Education.
Karen has been a state and nationally board certified educator for 15 years. She currently teaches middle school STEM in the Englewood community, but has also successfully taught reading, writing, mathematics, health, character education and social sciences to several grade levels. Karen served as a School STEM Curriculum Coordinator, Chair of the Illinois Junior Academy of Sciences Committee of the Chicago Public Schools Student Science Fair, Inc. and Athletic Director, while engaging in a successful coaching career of cheerleading, dance, double Dutch, flag football and basketball.
Karen took her talents beyond CPS to work with the Chicago Housing Authority's Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), where she engaged with young adults ages 16-22, on resume building, interviewing skills, work place ethic and financial responsibility.
Karen is the CEO of Chicago Couples Retreat, LLC, which is an organization dedicated to maintaining cohesive relationships in communities through skill building, counseling and workshops.
Karen is the CEO and lead designer of Diva Custom Services, LLC, a company that offers services and products to businesses and consumers including print, event planning and catering. Through this business she employs student interns who learn the trade and have the opportunity to develop, market and profit from their own line of products, therefore becoming CEOs.
Karen is the CEO of SOAR Educational Service, LLC, which is a company that offers tutoring to grade school students, help with school projects such as science fair and test prep for entrance exams and standardized tests.
Karen is a certified travel agent with her own booking engine website, a certified event planner and an aspiring chef.
Karen works with several organizations that promote opportinuties for children including serving on the Board of Directors for the Casting Call Performing Arts Community Center, working with the "Go Girl Go" teen fitness program and the Diamonds in the Rough Girl's Program.
Karen has been honored by National Louis University as their 2008 Commencement Speaker. She was the 2009 Office Max Co-Teacher of the Year and the 2008 South Chicago Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year. Karen also recieved the Crown Jewel Award in 2015 from the TOP Ladies of Distinction, "Ordinary Women doing Extraordinary Things".
We are honored to have Mrs. Karen Edmondson aboard and look forward to an amazing tenure with the Future CEO business Academy.
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