For the past 23 years, Karen Donathan has been teaching Computer Science courses at George Washington High School in Charleston, WV. During her 29 years of teaching in the public school setting, she has taught Math, Science, Engineering and Computer Science. She currently teaches multiple sections of Honors Computer Science & Mathematics, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, and Honors Advanced Programming (data structures, app development and other languages). Before entering the world of education, Karen was a programmer at Vanderbilt University and Shaw Industries in Dalton, Georgia.
Karen’s passion for CS education extends out of the classroom. She has served as a Reader/Table Leader/Question Leader for AP Computer Science A for 17 years. Because of her commitment to APCS A, Karen was selected to serve on the Curriculum and Test Development Committee for 7 years (4 of those as high school chair).
In addition to teaching at George Washington High School, Karen has served as adviser/sponsor of Student Council, National Beta Club, Natural Helpers, Quiz Bowl, Chess Team, Computer Club, Math Field Day, and MathCounts.
Karen Donathan has been recognized as a teacher/adviser by receiving the awards of Tandy Technology Scholar, Presidential Scholars Outstanding Teacher, Kanawha County Teacher of the Year, National Association of Student Councils Region 5 Adviser of the Year, NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator award, PAEMST WV State Finalist (2015 and 2019), and recently, the CSTA/Infosys Outstanding Computer Science Teacher award which is only awarded to 10 teachers worldwide. In 2018, Karen was also selected to attend the CS Principles Teacher Summit at Facebook Headquarters.
Currently, Karen works with teachers of West Virginia as a Code.org Facilitator for the AP Computer Science Principles curriculum.
Karen currently resides in Charleston with her husband, David. She has two adult daughters.
Vice President CSTA-WV