Ms. Karen McNally » Bio


Karen McNally teaches English 9 Honors and Creative Writing.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Western Kentucky University and a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California.

After working as a journalist for six years, Karen returned to education, her first career, serving in various roles at SMCHS since1995: Dean of Faculty, English Department Chair, and Faculty Representative. She also has taught English at every grade level and has mentored many new teachers.

Karen strives to build a community of seekers in her classroom through close reading, discussions and writing.  Her students learn that information does not equal knowledge and knowledge does not equal wisdom.  Academic rigor, curiosity, and deep listening are the hallmarks of her educational philosophy.

She cherishes her students’ “Eureka” moments.