Dana Karas has been selected to serve as the Director of Student Counseling Services for the Princeton Public Schools. Ms. Karas, who has held administrative positions in Franklin Township Public Schools and Lawrence Township Public Schools, previously worked in Princeton first as a middle school French teacher and later as a school counselor at Princeton High School. She will officially join the district at the end of September.
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Ms. Karas back to Princeton Public Schools,” said Dr. Carol Kelley, Superintendent of Schools. “She has impressive experience in school counseling as well as expertise related to students’ social-emotional health and well-being. Her experience and her dedication to students make her a wonderful addition to our team here in Princeton.”
Ms. Karas, who graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Education, has graduate degrees from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and Georgian Court College. In addition, she is currently completing her Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership from Kean University.
Early in her career, Ms. Karas worked as a middle school French teacher in Princeton. She later worked as a French teacher at the Manalapan- Englishtown Middle School and as a school counselor at Churchill Junior High School in East Brunswick. In 1998, she became a school counselor at Freehold Township High School, a post she held until 2003 when she returned to Princeton High School as a school counselor.
She worked in Lawrence Township Public Schools for more than seven years, serving first as Supervisor of Guidance and Classic and World Languages and then as Supervisor of Guidance, Careers and Alternative Programming. She was hired by Franklin Township Public Schools, where she worked for more than eight years, as Director of School Counseling, as well as Supervisor of World Languages for Grades 9-12.
Professionally, Ms. Karas has served as President of the New Jersey School Counselor Association (NJSCA) and continues to serve as an executive board member for this organization, where she has co-authored the state’s current approved school counselor evaluation model. In 2017, Ms. Karas was named New Jersey School Counselor of the Year, representing the state at a White House celebration, and she has served as a committee member under the auspices of the New Jersey Department of Education where she contributed to the creation of the state’s Social-Emotional Learning competencies and also served on the On-Ramps to College initiative.
“I feel truly blessed and honored to be returning to Princeton Public Schools,” said Ms. Karas. “I am looking forward to supporting the school counseling staff and each and every child in the district.”
Ms. Karas replaces Dr. Kristina Donovan who left the district earlier this month.