We’re moving! We’ll be located at 2955 North Meridian Street, Suite 250, Indianapolis, 46208 starting June 1. Reach us at kids@indysow.org and 317.202.9100.

Each month, we’ll be introducing you to a new School on Wheels staff member so you can learn more about the people who make our programs run successfully! This month, we’ll highlight Karen Routt, our Director of Programs. She has a background as an educator and has held many different positions at School on Wheels – read on to learn more about her!


What is your role at School on Wheels?
I am the Director of Programs. This has certainly changed over the past four and a half years. I started at School on Wheels as a Program Coordinator, and after a year moved into the Program Manager position before I took on this most recent role.

What did you do before you came here?
I was a math teacher! I’ve taught at both the middle school and high school level.

Why did you decide to join the School on Wheels team?
I love the mission of School on Wheels. Back in my days when I was a classroom teacher, it was very apparent to me that not all students in our community get the same educational experiences. Firsthand, I could see the differences between the kids who had a stable home life, plenty of school supplies, and parental support…and the kids who had none of this. I love having the opportunity to level the playing field for our students.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?
My favorite thing about working at School on Wheels is the positivity that every staff member has. It truly makes me feel hopeful, which is a pretty wonderful feeling.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
I rarely eat pancakes without peanut butter on them!

What does a typical week look like at School on Wheels in your position?
Typical week? What is that? I love the fact that my job takes me so many places. I get to work on curriculum to support Indiana standards, work with amazing stakeholders in our community, meet smart students and dedicated parents, and support the work of great teachers. Every week is an adventure!

Want to learn more about the programs that Karen oversees at School on Wheels? Check out more information about Tutors in Action and Ignite Learning!