Dr. Karen Dresser

Faculty Information


Contact Information

Email: kdresser@americanhebrewacademy.org
Phone: (336) 217-7000 x8205


Degree(s): B.A. in English and Biblical/Theological Studies, Gordon College
M.Div., Wake Forest University
Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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Biography: Karen Dresser has taught at the Academy since the fall of 2005, and brings over 30 years of teaching, camping and Jewish education experience to her work at the Academy. Karen earned a Masters of Divinity from Wake Forest University, and a Ph.D in Cultural Foundations of Education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Her thesis and dissertation focused on Holocaust Art, 2nd Generation Witnessing and Pedagogy.

Karen teaches Visual and Theatrical Arts (AP Studio Art 2D, Studio Art, Art Two: Acrylics, Art and Film, and Theatre of Witness) and Jewish Studies through Art (Bible and Art, Holocaust Imagery, Jewish Lens, Jewish Art and Visual Culture) at the Academy. She served as Chair of the Fine Arts Department for eleven years, and currently serves as Faculty Advisor for the Class of 2018, Faculty Advisor for Unbound, the Academy Literary and Art magazine, Faculty advisor for the Art Club, and as a Homeroom Advisor. In addition, Karen is an adjunct professor in the Wake Forest School of Divinity and is a B’nai Mitzvah tutor at Temple Emanuel (Greensboro), where she also teaches 6th grade Religious and Hebrew School. She is a freelance artist, poet and playwright, and has won numerous awards for her art, poetry and playwriting. She maintains her own art studio at her home in Greensboro.