Dr. Karen Sullivan began serving as superintendent of Indian Prairie School District 204 in June 2014. She is a familiar face in District 204, with 18 years of experience in the areas of special education, human resources, and leading schools. In 2011, she was named Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources where she established a strong working relationship with the associations that represent the teaching and clerical staff.
She also served as the first Principal of Prairie Children Preschool and Principal of Cowlishaw Elementary School, as well as Director of Student Services. While at Cowlishaw Elementary School, she increased overall student achievement by 12 to 15 percent and narrowed the achievement gap at a school with a growing diverse student population.
Dr. Sullivan also worked in Elmhurst Community School District 205, where she served as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. While there, she implemented an intervention system used to better support students with special needs. She also facilitated the incorporation of Common Core State Standards into the district's curriculum.
Dr. Sullivan began her career in 1981 as a Speech/Language Pathologist in the Flossmoor-based South Metropolitan Association, a special education cooperative that provided services to south suburban school districts. She went on to lead the group's parent/infant program and later was named the Director of Grants and Special Projects.
She received her doctoral degree from Lewis University, and a Master of Science in Speech/Language Pathology and a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois.