Karen Kenkel



I have over 30 years of experience in education administration and teaching in public and private schools.  I believe that education is profoundly transformative and that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn in life-changing ways. It is important to me that students and mentors experience joyful learning in a nurturing environment.

Roles at Quest Forward Academy

I am the founding Director of Quest Forward Academy in Santa Rosa. I’ve worn many hats in my tenure here, including curriculum development, recruitment, counseling, admissions, and even building maintenance! I am inspired by our caring community of students, mentors, and staff, and find the steep learning curve and the unpredictability of my days stimulating.

  • BA German Studies, Stanford University
  • MA and PhD German Studies, Cornell University
Before Quest Forward Academy
  • Director of Instruction, and Humanities and Social Sciences teacher, Stanford University Online High School
  • Assistant Professor at Stanford University
  • Author of numerous academic publications
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