Faculty Bio: Karen Hurst, M. Ed.

Karen Hurst, M. Ed.

Chair, Department of Math & Technology


  • Basic Algebra
  • College Algebra
  • Statistics
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Statistics II
  • Calculus

Teaching Philosophy

I enjoy meeting students where they are and discovering how to help them meet their goals. Math is a subject that many may have negative feelings toward based on previous experiences. My role is to help students become successful to the level they have set as their goal. Not all students have the same goals regarding math. I endorse a non-judgmental learning environment. All students have a chance to improve their understanding of this subject without fear of judgement on their current abilities.


Professor Hurst has been teaching at Central Penn College since 2014. Her previous experience includes serving an adjunct faculty member at HACC where she created a foundational studies course that dealt with math anxiety and building math skills. She has extensive experience with teaching math to high school students in a variety of settings. Hurst wrote the math curriculum for an adventure-based school and participated with students in weekly activities, such as zip lining, rock climbing and water sports. “I love teaching and enjoy when students visit my office for a chat about math or other topics,” she says. A long-time Harrisburg resident, she and her husband have raised three children in the city. “We now enjoy visiting our children and seven grandchildren in three different states,” she says.


  • Master of Education with a Mathematics Emphasis, Edinboro State University, Edinboro, Pa.
  • Bachelor of Science in General Studies, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah


  • Pennsylvania Teaching Certification in Middle and Secondary Math

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