Karen Geller, is an Associate Professor at Immaculata University, teaching “Supervision and Evaluation,” and “The Principalship.” She is the former Principal of Upper Merion Area Middle School, a Blue Ribbon School, a National School of Character, and a Johns Hopkins National Network of Partnership Schools. Dr. Geller has been a leader in Character Education for more than 20 years and has utilized her strong curricular and administrative skills to inspire and motivate schools nationally to integrate Character Education throughout the school environment and across the curriculum.
Dr. Geller has assisted many schools and districts nationwide in embracing Character Education programs through Community of Caring trainings. She is a national guest speaker and consultant for Character Education and Social Emotional Learning, and a Site Visitor for the National Schools of Character Program. Dr. Geller recently co-chaired a White Paper on “Integrating Common Core and Character Education: Why It Is Essential and How It Can Be Done” with Kristin Fink for character.org. Dr. Geller received such prestigious awards as The National Community of Caring Outstanding Administrator Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, the Optimist Partner in Education Award, the Rotary Carl A. Beck Humanitarian Award, and was honored by Senator Connie Williams for her work in Character Education. She has spoken before Pennsylvania’s Congress regarding Upper Merion Area Middle School’s exemplary No Bullying Plan and is a published writer in the areas of Common Core, Character, Social Emotional Learning, Leadership, and Bullying. Dr. Geller’s Case Study “School Climate Reform at Upper Merion Area Middle School” is published in The Handbook of Pro-Social Education, Volume 1.