Welcome to my IB Theory of Knowledge webpage!
My name is Karyn Collie Dickerson, and this is my thirteenth year teaching. I graduated with a B.A. with Honors and Highest Distinction in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and received an M.Phil. in English with Distinction from the University of Glasgow, where I attended on a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship. After a semester teaching at a middle school in Rockingham County, I started my high school teaching career as an English teacher at Grimsley, teaching grades 9-12, including AP English Literature and IB English 11. In 2010 I received my National Board Teaching Certification in English Language Arts. I now teach IB Theory of Knowledge and serve as the AP/IB Coordinator for Grimsley High School.
In 2013 I received the honor of being named the North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Due to this honor, I had the opportunity to travel the state as an advocate for education, to visit the White House as a guest of honor and meet President Barack Obama, to serve as a teacher advisor to the NC State Board of Education, to serve as a member of the NC House Committee on Education Innovation, and to serve on the Governor's Teacher Advisory Council. Additionally, I spent one year working for Guilford County Schools as an Academic Coach for teachers in grades K-12. During this time, I worked with educators to improve instructional practices and outcomes for students.
As a proud product of North Carolina public schools, I couldn't stay away from the classroom for long, and I am honored to be in my fourth year as the AP/IB Coordinator at Grimsley High School and working with students daily in IB Theory of Knowledge.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and fellow Grimsley teacher, Jade Dickerson (also known as Profe), and our twin boys, Xander and Graeme. I also love being outdoors, running, exercising, and reading a good book.