KAREN WINTERS:
 




 
 
 
 
 
Consultant, Oakland Schools' Career Focused Education Department, Waterford. Winters joined the department in 2001 and helped it gain ISO 9001 registration that same year. Her responsibilities include organizational development and leadership training, new teacher induction and mentoring, and student and adult education and training. Her current projects include Oakland Schools' “Summer Offerings 2006,” that provides K-12 students career exploration and preparation in Oakland County's Emerging Sectors. Her background includes teaching K-12 and serving 12 years as a building administrator both at the elementary and secondary levels. Winters has a B.M.E. in Music Education and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Central Michigan University. She has done doctoral work at Wayne State University.


WHERE BORN: "Owosso."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "My parents instilled a sense of responsibility and the expectation that you should do the right thing; not the easy thing, not the popular thing. They installed integrity and work ethic. They led by that, and we knew nothing else was acceptable. If we did something wrong, it wouldn't just reflect on us, it would reflect on our entire family --respect and responsibility all the way across the board."

LAST BOOK READ: "I always have several going at the same time. The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman, and The Free Agent Nation and A Whole New Mind, both by Daniel Pink. I'm an educational reformist and am trying to sell this message that schools need to be redesigned: the curriculum, the business, how we deliver it. It kind of keeps me fired up by reading those three."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Passionate, very driven, hardworking, innovative. I don't take ‘no' for an answer. Determined, unrelenting."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "If the education system is to survive, we need to align with 21st century workforce expectations, and right now we're not doing that. We need a new school business, we need a new school design, we need a new curriculum, the delivery of it and assessment. It will have to involve business and industry at the table. Business, education and government need to be in the same room when these decisions are made. At some point, they [students] need to be prepared for the world of work. We need to be aligned with the real world. Being educated no longer equates to being employable."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "My Treo."

FAVORITE PLACE: "For vacations, the Caribbean. Otherwise, Michigan is a hard place to beat."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Reading, waterskiing. I don't have a lot of time for hobbies."

FAVORITE FOOD: "I love a fresh, luscious salad with great seafood or steak pieces added to it."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "I'm a former music teacher, former music major trained as a singer. They probably wouldn't know I was a performer."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "Regardless of the landmines, I was willing to take the necessary risks to design an education system that will work for our children. They deserve to be prepared for the world in which they will live and work, not ours."