Karen Radke Byrnes – Upper School Learning Assistance, History & Community Service Coordinator

Karen Radke Byrnes


My name is Karen Byrnes and I have had the joy of working at Roycemore for the past 25 years. I came to Roycemore to fill in for a one year as the Upper School Learning Assistance teacher and have stayed and expanded my work here to include Learning Assistance, Modern European History, AP Euro, Community Service, and National Honor Society sponsor. In addition, I have recently begun coordinating many of the Student Activities in the Upper School.

Growing up I had always known that I wanted to teach and started with a degree in History and Secondary Education before completing graduate work in both Special Education and Educational Therapy. I am a lifelong learner and enjoy employing new techniques and technology with the students I work with. In my free time, I have always enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and in Europe, volunteering, and crafting. I have been married for 6 years and my husband and I live with our three Schnauzers in Gurnee. I enjoy teaching and love the opportunity to develop relationships with student that help them learn and grow as people.


  • M.Ed. National Louis University & Educational Therapy Institute
  • B.A. Cornell College

Fun Fact

I am a two-Time All-American Shotputter for Division III Athletics.

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

I teach because I love learning and feel that I can share this with students, as well as help them gain knowledge, learn about themselves, and become great human beings.

Why Roycemore?

I chose Roycemore because I feel it is important to get to know students in order to customize my teaching style to maximize their learning and Roycemore with its small classroom and community gives me this opportunity. Students, teachers, and families work closely in partnership to make this happen.