Central Region Instructional Superintendent, Secondary Schools
School District of Palm Beach County
As a native of Palm Beach County, Karen Whetsell has been serving the students of The School District of Palm Beach County for more than 30 years. Starting as a substitute teacher while still in college, she knew she wanted to make a difference by creating strong, supportive learning environments that provided opportunities for all students. Mrs. Whetsell has served as a teacher, curriculum specialist, assistant principal, and principal at all three levels, elementary, middle and high school, as well as the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning. At the school level, Ms. Whetsell has worked closely with teachers, staff, and students to achieve or maintain the “A” status at every school she has supervised. She has presented locally, and at the State and National Levels. Recognized twice as a finalist for the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders Principal of the Year, she recognizes the importance of technology education and integration.
Mrs. Whetsell has been married since 1987 to her husband, Greg (LWHS class of ’78), and has one daughter, Savannah (DSOA class of ’11). They welcomed a new puppy, Kona, into their home in October 2018.