Name: Dr. Kari Morrison
Title: Coordinator of Clinical Teacher Preparation
Office Location: Dyson 388G
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2974
Degrees Held:

Ed.D  Teacher Leadership:  Research- Early Literacy

          Walden University, Minneapolis, MN                                                                                                

MS  Teacher Leadership

          University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN                             

BS  Elementary Education

           University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, WI       

          * Specialization: Special Education and Psychology                           


New York State Teacher Certification, Grades PreK-6 (Permanent)

Connecticut State Teacher Certification, Grades K-6 (1994-2010)

Minnesota State Teacher Certification, Grades 1-6 (1996-2001)

Wisconsin State Teacher Certification, Grades K-9  Special Education and Psychology (1987-1992)

NYSED Autism Certification 

            Dutchess County BOCES                                                                 





Kari Morrison joins Marist as the Coordinator of Clinical Teacher Preparation and Certification.  She completed her BS degree in elementary education with emphasis on special education and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Kari completed her MS degree in teacher leadership from the University of Minnesota. She has a wealth of teaching experience in grades K through 6 in various places throughout the United States. As a curriculum coordinator at an international preschool in Tokyo, Kari was able to work with novice teachers which led her to pursue her Ed.D degree in teacher leadership from Walden University. Her dissertation focused on parent participation in helping their children with early literacy skills at home. Kari has created an early literacy program for preschoolers, and has assisted parents and teachers in helping children learn early literacy skills.  


 Kari enjoys traveling, running, reading, writing children's literature, and spending time with her family. She is delighted to be a part of the Marist community.

Research Interests:

*parent's effect on early literacy 

*autism and the brain


American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Southern Dutchess Toastmasters 


Walden University Education Symposium (2012) Parents-as-Teachers: Parent Participation in Teaching Children Letter-

            sound Association. 



Served on the Board of Education at the American School in Japan (ASIJ) (2006-2007)

Served on the Tokyo American Club Writer's Committee for the iNTOUCH magazine (2006-2007)

Early Literacy Workshops for parents and preschoolers (2008- 2012)

Publication in progress: early literacy program