Interviewer: What is your name?
Karen: Karen Veit
Interviewer: What is your position at CSA?
Karen: Director, Math and Instructional Design
Interviewer: What does that position entail?
Karen: I oversee all of the projects in the Math department and support any Instructional Design needs in all areas. I’m also always looking for opportunities to support existing clients or work with new ones!
Interviewer: How did you become a part of CSA?
Karen: Through Pam Garner. She and I worked together at another company and when she left, I told her, “Let me know where you end up.” Honestly, I would follow Pam anywhere! She is the best.
Interviewer: What is the best part of your job?
Karen: I think the people. The internal staff and freelancers I work with are all amazing. That is the best part of being with a company that allows for remote employees, contractors, and freelancers. It gives you the freedom to meet and work with so many interesting people.
Interviewer: What do you wish people knew about your work at CSA?
Karen: I wish people knew how specialized and highly trained our staff at CSA Education is. Our team members have so much experience in their fields, whether it’s in Alignment, Mathematics, Civics, Language Arts, etc. Our team is so skilled and accomplished that I wish more attention was drawn to their work.
Interviewer: What do you wish schools focused on more in terms of education and why?
Karen: I would like to see schools return to using teacher input for student performance. So many schools use a pass or fail system on standard tests and while people say, “This is the way it is,” I feel teachers do a better job analyzing student progression and achievement. I believe teacher evaluation of student knowledge is a much better indicator of where a student is in terms of their education.
Interviewer: What are three interesting facts about you?
Karen: I am a triathlete. My happy time is at 5 am, where I meet my friends and we run, bike, or swim for 1–2 hours before work each day. I have a soft spot for cats. I have two rescue cats, and I have worked with a local organization and friends to help catch and rehome feral cats in my neighborhood. I was inspired to study Math in college because my mom was a Math teacher and both of my grandfathers were in education as well. They both were teachers, who later became school principals.
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