“I am passionate about educational research because it encourages us to facilitate the learning process in an equitable manner. In addition, it is a crucial field, in that research contributes to the revision of theory and practice to reflect different student needs.”
As a research associate at Marzano Research, Kara cultivates her passion for providing research that fosters equity and accounts for diverse student needs.
In the research department, Kara assists with research and technical support for Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Central projects. Additionally, she provides data management and analysis for studies focused on educator effectiveness, assessment, and support systems. She is skilled in qualitative and quantitative research methodology; mixed-method data management, collection, and analysis; and survey, observation, focus-group, and interview techniques.
Kara has more than five years of experience as researcher, education coordinator, and program evaluator. She serves as an educational program evaluator at Yampatika Environmental Learning Center in Colorado and has also worked as a research assistant at the University of Denver, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the University of Oklahoma. In 2012, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct education research in Malaysia.
Kara holds a master’s degree in applied anthropology from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and history from the University of Oklahoma.