Karen Switzer


Office: EME3153
Phone: 250.807.8571
Email: karen.switzer@ubc.ca

Research Summary

Literacy Coaching as a Tool for Professional Development; Differentiated Instruction; Quality Instructional and Assessment Practices.

Courses & Teaching

Courses in the Post Bac Program, Summer Institute in Education and in the Master's Program


Karen has been an educator for more than 30 years – teaching at all grade levels including primary, intermediate, middle, secondary and post-secondary. She has been an adjunct professor at UBC Okanagan since 2011 teaching in the Post Bac Program, Summer Institute in Education and in the Master’s Program. In 2017, she joined the BEd program as a faculty advisor.

She received her Master of Education degree in 2011 from UBCO. Her Master’s research focused on quality instructional and assessment practices in literacy and effective professional development for teachers.

Before joining the Okanagan School of Education, Karen worked in administration as the vice-principal at Kelowna Secondary School, and principal at Ecole Peter Greer Elementary School in Lake Country.

I have always been a passionate educator and can’t imagine myself doing anything else. Thirty-three years later, I’m still excited and continuing to learn!” – Karen Switzer


Bachelor of Education with a major in French language, 1986, University of Manitoba
Master of Education, 2011, University of British Columbia, Okanagan


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