She was head teacher of Johnshaven Primary School and succeeds Lisa Williams when she begins her new role in August.
Speaking about her appointment, Karen said: “I am excited and delighted to be the head teacher of Dunnottar School. I have been for a visit round the school. I am excited to be involved and taking the school forward. The school is about to have a rebuild of nursery and eventually the school itself. It is exciting to know I will be involved in that too.”
She added: “I am a very passionate person about what I do. I am confident I am the right person for the role. My own professional learning to date and my own experience of being a head teacher has been hugely positive.”
Karen started teaching in 2009 after completing her PGDE and had her probationary teaching year at Alford Primary School. She then became a teacher at Kintore Primary School for a year. She then spent five years as a class teacher at Aboyne Primary School and then for the next two years she worked as a depute head with a remit for additional support for learning, also at Aboyne Primary. She then moved near Stonehaven and as a result became head teacher of Johnshaven Primary School.
Speaking about what inspired her to become a teacher, she said: “I have wanted to be a teacher since I was three-years-old. I had a bit of a tough time as a child because of my own family circumstances and that led me not quite getting the grades I needed to get when I was going through secondary school, so I went a different route.
"I went through a course of hospitality management. I worked abroad. Met my husband and had children. All along I always wanted to be a teacher. As a parent I worked with schools, I was the chairperson of the parent council, the voluntary manager of the playgroup, I was fundraising for Befriend a Child, basically I connected myself to children any way I could at some point knowing I would be doing my course in teaching.”
Cllr Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair, said: “Many congratulations to Karen. I have no doubt her passion and drive will be of huge value in leading Dunnottar.”