Karen Morse

Dean of Students

At age three, Karen declared her profession as teacher and has followed her passion for children throughout her personal and professional life. Karen holds a Bachelors in Child Development, a Masters in Special Education for Gifted and Talented Children (California State University, LA), and an administration credential. Her career has included teaching children and adults in the classroom, curriculum and program design, school administration, and school and family consulting. 
Karen’s specialty is program development including differentiation for highly and profoundly gifted children. She had the opportunity to be part of a start-up of two micro-schools in the Chicago area and in Santa Barbara for highly and profoundly gifted children. Karen also held a variety of administrative positions including Head of School for 10 years in the Chicago area and in Ojai, CA, before becoming Dean of Students at BHS, an all-time favorite. 
Karen’s expertise in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has helped expand this important foundation of learning at BHS. She has a deep understanding of teaching and modeling self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship-building, and responsible decision-making. 
When she’s not on FaceTime with her first grandson, Karen can be found cooking, hiking and hugging trees, and traveling to see family and beautiful places on the planet.
Located in Los Angeles, CA, Berkeley Hall School is a private, coeducational school for students in preschool through grade 8. Rigorous academics in a supportive atmosphere and grounded character development allow students to become fearless scholars and conscientious citizens - gain a love of learning, leadership with social responsibility, creativity with moral integrity, and self-esteem with compassion for others and the environment.