AFT Vice President
Karen Aronowitz has been president of the United Teachers of Dade—representing 32,000 teachers and education support professionals in the Miami-Dade (Fla.) County Public Schools—since 2004.
Prior to her election as president, Aronowitz was a language arts teacher at Miami Southridge Senior High School. She has partnered with Miami-Dade public schools to lead successful reform efforts, which included a secondary school reform model for senior high schools, and a School Improvement Zone for underperforming schools within Miami-Dade County that served as a national model for improved school performance. She created UTD's Education Summit, which brings education leaders and social issues activists to Miami-Dade for interactive sessions with teachers. Aronowitz established the UTD Teaching Excellence Foundation to promote professional development opportunities for educators.
She is a member of the AFT human rights and community relations committee as well as the union's democracy committee. She serves on the United Way of Miami-Dade public policy committee and is a member of the Miami Chapter of the NAACP, as well as a member of the Phi Beta Phi Honor Society and an associate of the Zelda Glazer Writing Institute.
Aronowitz is a multiple-year honoree in "Who's Who Among American Teachers," and is a recipient of the Jewish Museum of Florida's Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award. She received the Monty Trainer Chairman's Award in 2011 for Speaking Up for Public Education. In 2012, she was honored by the Bethune-Cookman University Miami-Dade Alumni Association as a Trail Blazer for Education.
Aronowitz earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and her master's from Florida International University. She and her husband, Judd, have three children, all of whom attended and graduated from Miami-Dade County Public Schools.