Meet Dr. Justin Koren

Dr. Justin Koren has served our public school district for 15 years, as both a teacher and school administrator.  A proud graduate of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and a Miami Herald Silver Knight Award Winner, Dr. Koren is passionate about education and works tirelessly in support of children from all walks of life.

A BELIEVER IN EDUCATION

A graduate (and former Student Government President) of the inaugural class of Coral Reef Senior High School, Dr. Koren earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from Boston University; earned his Master of Science in Education with specialization in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University; holds certification in Change Leadership from Cornell University; and earned his Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Educational Research, with specialization in Learning Environments and Student Attitudes, from Curtin University in Western Australia.

Following the horrific tragedy at Southwood Middle School, in 2004, Dr. Koren moved back to Miami-Dade from New York City to write and produce “Defining Code Red”, a stage play that explores the devastating, enduring effects of school violence that pervades long-after the media moves on.  The play was heralded the “gutsiest play performed in South Florida” and awarded Best New Drama of 2007 by the Miami New Times.

In 2005, as an English Teacher at Southwood Middle School in Palmetto Bay, Dr. Koren was immediately identified as a rising star and named the school’s “Rookie Teacher of the Year.”  In 2009, he joined the faculty of South Dade Middle School in Homestead, where he worked primarily with at-risk students to improve the school’s academic performance and overall success.

In 2011, Dr. Koren was selected in a national search to chair a secondary school curriculum reform initiative in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he conducted professional development workshops focused on infusing creativity into the core curriculum.

A BELIEVER IN EDUCATION

A graduate (and former Student Government President) of the inaugural class of Coral Reef Senior High School, Dr. Koren earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from Boston University; earned his Master of Science in Education with specialization in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University; holds certification in Change Leadership from Cornell University; and earned his Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Educational Research, with specialization in Learning Environments and Student Attitudes, from Curtin University in Western Australia.

Following the horrific tragedy at Southwood Middle School, in 2004, Dr. Koren moved back to Miami-Dade from New York City to write and produce “Defining Code Red”, a stage play that explores the devastating, enduring effects of school violence that pervades long-after the media moves on.  The play was heralded the “gutsiest play performed in South Florida” and awarded Best New Drama of 2007 by the Miami New Times.

In 2005, as an English Teacher at Southwood Middle School in Palmetto Bay, Dr. Koren was immediately identified as a rising star and named the school’s “Rookie Teacher of the Year.”  In 2009, he joined the faculty of South Dade Middle School in Homestead, where he worked primarily with at-risk students to improve the school’s academic performance and overall success.

In 2011, Dr. Koren was selected in a national search to chair a secondary school curriculum reform initiative in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he conducted professional development workshops focused on infusing creativity into the core curriculum.

A Qualified Administrator

Dr. Koren’s career brought him to the Town of Cutler Bay in 2011 when he joined the faculty of Centennial Middle School to help create a new marine science magnet program.  In 2012, he was named Lead Teacher of Cutler Bay’s new high school and led the initiative to transform Centennial Middle School into what is now the high-performing Cutler Bay Senior High School.  In 2013, Dr. Koren was appointed by the Town Council as the School District’s Liaison to the Town of Cutler Bay Youth Council Committee and served in that capacity for three years.  During this time, he worked passionately to bring the Anti-Defamation League’s “No Place for Hate” campaign into the town’s public schools.

In 2016, the Miami-Dade County School Board appointed Dr. Koren to the position of Assistant Principal at Miami Killian Senior High School, where he serves to this day.

Dr. Koren is the recipient of several prestigious awards and accolades, including the Clear Channel Radio Outstanding Educator Award, Mothers Against Drug Driving (MADD) Miami-Dade County Educator of the Year Award, and has been recognized by the Miami-Dade School Board’s Instructional Excellence and Community Engagement Committee.  Dr. Koren is also a recipient of Coral Gables’ “Key to the City Beautiful.”

THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR OUR SCHOOLS

A genuine believer in lifelong learning, Dr. Koren has presented to an international audience at the American Educational Research Association and has published research findings on the topic of student motivation in academic publications.  He remains a true champion of supporting fair and equitable access to education. 

As the only candidate in the race for District 9 to serve as both a public school teacher and administrator, Dr. Koren will bring new vitality to our Miami-Dade School Board.  He will be our advocate for ensuring school safety and security, promoting mental health awareness, fighting for better salaries for all teachers and support staff, and championing arts education for our students.

LET'S IMPROVE EDUCATION TOGETHER

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