Meet the Board: Karen A. Yoho, President

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Karen A. Yoho, President
Current elected term: December 2018 - December 2022


Karen A. Yoho was elected to the Board of Education in November 2018 for a four-year term and re-elected in November 2022 for a four-year term December 2022-2026. She was elected to serve as the President for the term December 2023-2024, and Vice President for the term December 2020-2021. Mrs. Yoho currently serves on the MABE Board of Directors and as Chair of the MABE Legislative Committee.

Mrs. Yoho graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Rather than entering the teaching profession at that time, she stayed home to raise a family. During that time, she also served as a substitute teacher, a volunteer at her children’s schools, PTA president at each level, legislative chair for the PTA Council of Frederick County, a youth softball coach, and a leader for both Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.

On October 1, 1993, Mrs. Yoho began her teaching career with FCPS, retiring on July 1, 2018. Over the course of her 25 years with the school system, she taught every elementary grade except kindergarten, with most of the time spent in the intermediate grades. Mrs. Yoho earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2006. In 2009, she divided her professional time between teaching and managing the office of her husband’s electrical contracting company, where she continues to this day.

She and her husband, Joe, moved to Frederick County in 1981. They have three children, who all attended and graduated from FCPS schools, and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Yoho believes that the public school system is the foundation of our nation and that it works best when all participants collaborate for the benefit of those we should put first, our students.