Karen Sheffield

  • Student Success Counselor, Serving McKeesport-High School
Email: kxs37@psu.edu
Phone: 412-664-3688 ext. 3688

Karen Sheffield has been with the Penn State Talent Search Programs since 1993 and has served students in both the Aliquippa and McKeesport Area School Districts. She appreciates that this career has allowed her to be an influencer in the lives of her students. Karen was among the first in her family to earn a college degree as a first-generation student and continues to be passionate about education for herself, her peers, her students, and her community. It was this passion that led Karen to seek out and win election to the Board of School Directors, where she served for two terms and in 2020, to take on the role of Development Committee Chair for PA TRIO. Prior to joining Talent Search, Karen was the Assistant to the Director of Financial Aid at CCBC and has also had experience as an employment interviewer, training coordinator, and afterschool program teacher and facilitator. Within Penn State, she previously served on the Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity and the Commission for Women.


  • The University of Pittsburgh, B.A.
  • Geneva College, M.A.
  • Certified Pennsylvania K-12 School Counselor
  • Trained Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator

School Information

McKeesport Area School District