Karen McGann is a lifelong educator who is deeply committed to the mission of Belmont Charter Network: to promote the academic, social and emotional well-being of each child. She began teaching special education at the Upsal School for the Blind in the Germantown section of Philadelphia after graduating from West Chester State College with a BS degree and Elementary Teaching Certification. Early in her career, Karen was employed by ACCESS, an agency that created and supported group homes for adults with special needs. Karen has always respected the lives of the disabled and was energized by seeing them work towards their individual potential.
Karen took a break from teaching for 15 years to raise her four children. She re-entered teaching in 1998 in the East Stroudsburg Area Public Schools. She taught students with learning disabilities before moving with her family to the Philadelphia suburbs in 2000. She joined Belmont Charter School as a special education self-contained classroom teacher in 2004. Her role grew into the Special education Director for Belmont in 2006, a job role she held for 20 years.
Karen has 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren! When she isn’t working, she can often be found running grandparent camp.