Karen Jackson currently serves as the speech language pathologist for Lexington City School System. She is responsible for assessing and serving speech and language therapy to students at Caywood Elementary school, Lexington Middle school and Montgomery Head Start.
Karen received her undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor of Science in Education, majoring in Health and Human Performance and Biology. She received the Carl Seale Student Teacher of the Year Award during her student teaching semester. Karen went on to receive her Masters of Science in Educational Leadership-Supervision and Administration from Trevecca Nazarene University. Karen taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Science, 7-8th P.E. and coached junior high basketball before going on to teach at the high school level. She taught Biology, Life Science, Physical Science and coached high school girls basketball in Benton and Henderson counties. Her girls basketball team won the District title in 2003. She received the teacher of the year award at Lexington High School in 2006.
She then went to Murray State University to add a Masters of Science in Speech and Language Pathology. During her clinical practicum she worked in a school, nursing home and Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. She was then employed with Functional Pathways at Laurelwood Healthcare in Jackson, TN. Karen enjoyed the medical setting but was excited to return to the educational setting after accepting a job with Lexington City School System in September 2015.
Outside of school, Karen works on her family farm raising beef cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat, Bermuda grass hay, pumpkins and tends to numerous livestock. She is married to Wayne Jackson and they have a son and daughter. Her children love raising cattle and having horses, a donkey, sheep, goats, geese, ducks, chickens, cats and dogs. They are very active in 4-H showing cattle, horses, and sheep. She enjoys being with her family most, being involved with her church, farming/gardening, basketball and music.