Karen Panarella has worked at Sacred Heart Greenwich since 2006, first as an Upper School Math teacher and then as Dean of Students since 2007. She has taught Algebra, Peer Leadership and most recently added Financial Literacy via SophieConnect.

After graduating Georgetown with a BA in English and minor in Math, Karen took a teaching position at a special education school in the Boston area - an experience that led her to get an MA in Special Education and Math education at Boston College.

Karen is passionate about Catholic education. Not only a Catholic school educator, she attended Catholic school since kindergarten including an all-girl Catholic high school. She is a firm believer that high school is the time when girls develop into leaders, and that the Sacred Heart environment and mission provides an opportunity for academic curiosity and achievement few other schools offer.